Great news @madpenguin ! Now you have confirmed the hoggy presence, please don't leave the mealworms out overnight. Not good for our spikey friends. It's lovely when you see them after so long.
I had a little family take up residence a month or so ago. They were out during the day - because the ground was so dry here [highly unusual] and they were struggling. Mum was eating loads, and they've now moved on a bit and only visit occasionally, now that the weather is wet and the ground is easily accessed for their usual diet.
Mum having her tea one evening
One of the youngsters having a dead bee
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Gardeners have the ability to make a difference.
Hopefully, they’ll become regular visitors. I will report back. Thanks again one and all.
I used to feed with Go-Cat (Liver variety) but mine seem to prefer 'Mr Johnsons Hedgehog Food' (dry).
With the absence of the hogs I have been chucking dried mealworms around late at night.The birds eat any left in the morning.
I have a feeding station but next doors cat is something of a Houdini and can navigate all the obstacles,hairpin bends,bricks and tunnels that I have tried and gets to the food before the hogs!
I have a small tunnel leading from the front to back garden under the fence and it could be a little difficult to find so I put a few mealworms at each end to encourage them through.
A few mealworms won't do any harm occasionally,I scatter them around quite broadly over the lawn and back garden and I expect the birds get most of them!!
...and not forgetting fresh water as well!