My 8ft by 8ft garden shed was erected on concrete base, but on top of breeze blocks, leaving many gaps between for wind ect to blow through. this was some 8 years ago. over August Bank Holiday after dark my wife was beside the shed, when hedgehog shuffled past, smelt her feet, and departed in haste. Middle of last month, commenced putting dried catfood down in a dish under shed out of reach from cats, etc, and put my camcorder on to record once dusk. This will use both cards for 12 hrs. Fantistic viewing, food and drink consumed each night, and last night even some of the barley bedding removed and taken under shed. I can actually identify 3 individuals, due to fact that all have differing white markings.

Is this unusual to have three known individuals in a garden some 200 ft long, with two taking bedding under my shed.

Suppose over winter I'll have to wear slippers, so as not to disturb their sleep over!!!



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,888

    How lovely, lucky you, think of all the slugs you won't have!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    I'm envious, no hedgehogs here for years. 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,712

    Hi Skyrunner - aren't they fascinating creatures, we regularly have  two, sometimes 3 visiting feeding stations here in our small garden (only about 12 x 12m) and two hibernated in our garden in wooden shelters last winter, one the winter before.  We've made sure they can get  from our garden to other ones as hedgehogs actually range quite widely for such small animals, and of course need to meet up from time to time, even if they're not really social creatures.  

    We put out a mix of hedgehog biscuits, chopped bird peanuts, sunflower hearts, dried mealworms and chopped banana chips and we also find that a small dish of fresh rainwater is drunk every evening.

    Lots of helpful info here http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/hedgehog-street.html

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Oh, Skyrunner, lucky you. I have only seen one live hedgehog since I moved to Scotland 7 yrs ago. Was just talking to a neighbourthe other night, and he told me that there used to be numerous in our tiny hamlet of about 20 houses, but another neighbour's terrier used to kill them, and they have never been back. Any chance of posting your film on a site with a link to all us interested parties?  Maybe on youtube or dropbox or something similar?

    Saw lots back down in England, but that was before I had enough space to really get the 'gardening bug', and I just took it for granted that they were around, and sometimes saw them while driving or walking the dog. Miss them, now i can appreciate them.

  • Hi - My two hedhehogs haven't eaten their food the last two nights - first time

    they haven't cleaned the dish out for two or three months.  Do you think they

    have already gone into hibernation?  I thought it was a bit early for that yet?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,712

    Ours are the same - think the wet weather we've had here over the past two nights have brought out the worms and slugs so they're tucking in to those.  Same thing happened this time of year last year.  Last year ours didn't go into hibernation until December - they need the fallen leaves to build their hibernacula and the leaf-drop has hardly started.  I keep putting the food out for a good while yet - if they've not eaten it overnight I put it out for the birds.

    We've found that when the leaves have fallen we see our hedgehogs out during the day gathering leaves - presumably because that's when they're dry - the leaves are quite wet overnight and a nest made of wet leaves wouldn't be warm and cosy.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • You lucky devil - I had a beautiful hedgehog a few years ago but when they renovated the flats I think the disturbance made him decide neighbours too noisy, no sign of any since image.  Have tried putting hidy holes in the garden and leaving lots of areas of foliage where worms etc live but guess we just annoyed him too much!

  • Thanks Dove - It's very wet here too,so hope they're tucked up nice and

    warm!  Will keep putting out the food as you suggest!  image

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

    Think you are very lucky skyrunner, how great to have hedgehogs in your garden. Not ever seen one here but have gaps under fence and hedge and lots of leaves and some quiet  spots just in case

  • I've just made a short video clip, from the other night. lasts 1 min 30 secs. In process of making a longer one, incl frog hoping across and bouncing into perspex, looked puzzled, spiders dangling in front of camera, and odd moggie.Not sen our mouse family though.


    The area where camcorder is videoing, is basically an extension of my shed, another 8ft x 8ft. Frame of wood, with corrugated perspex, around the 3 sides and roof, but minus any doors, just a wooden gate to allotment area, (righthand side in video, left side from hause and garden), so open to wind cold etc, but not rain. Keep a variety of overwintwering plants, and summer time, we eat out here in the evenings, as faces west.

    Tonight when I went to shed to switch on camcorder at 8pm, yes hedgehog 2 (whitish haunches) was already coming under the gate, but no still camera. Typical!!!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    lovely. Thanks skyrunner

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

    So enjoyed watching that, thanksimage

  • Lovely to see them in action Skyrunner, thanks for taking the time to share.

    Still feeding my hedgehog/s  - food all gone most nights, but I don't usually witness the action. Am thinking of getting one of the wildlife cameras....to see what goes on at night...quite expensive but maybe for my birthday....image

  • I'm using an ordinary camcorder (Canon Legria HFR 205) but set on low light level mode. I also have the outside shed light switched on, so some light. I've often thought of purchasing one of those cameras you can put inside bird boxes, but rather expensive, especially if birds don't use that particular box.

    One advantage with my camcorder, which was one of the many reasons for purchase, was that it had slots for two memory cards. One for video, one for images, (extremely poor quality) but now set for video as well. Must admit came in handy for our China holiday a year ago. Even had another two spare 32GB cards, eventually used three full and one about half, so around 18 hrs video.

  • It would be great to have hogs in the garden none around here image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    skyrunner enjoyed the video thanks for sharing.

  • Having moved mt feeding station onto my patio, I am seeing my hedgehog visitors most evnings.

    The last couple of nights I have noticed that one is scratching alot. Last night he couldn't take a step without having a long scratch. He seemed slow and not his usual self. Anything I can do?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,712

    Can you find out where your local Hedgehog Rescue place is and give them a ring or send them an email and see what they think? 


    This site might be able to help http://www.hedgehoghelp.co.uk/index.php?topic=347.0

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • I'm no expert, but they do suffer with fleas, etc. Those on my unedited video, are often seen scratching. Maybe the slowness is due to becoming drowsy and making ready to hibernate. Don't know where in UK you reside, but think that with the cooler nights now, hibernation is now on the cards.

    Down here in the south, still eating well, and will have to buy yet another bag of dry cat food, and no the cat can't get to it, being tucked well under my shed. Must say was fun firstcouple of nights, watching him/her on camcorder video, trying to crawl under to reach it. Head and a shoulder only, so gave up, and now never bothers to stop.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,712

    Yes, I'm assuming ours will start hibernating very soon - last year our ash trees suddenly dropped most of their leaves, and the next day OH saw one of them in broad daylight taking leaves into one of the hedgehog houses we'd set up.  Sometimes they do this in daylight because the nights are so damp at this time of year and they don't want damp leaves to hibernate in.  We also put out some hay from the pet shop which they help themselves to. 

    We found last year that they seem not to suddenly go into hibernation, but spend a few nights asleep, then come out for food one night, and then go back to sleep for a while etc at the beginning of the winter.  

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
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