The mystery of the disappearing hedgehogs



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,187

    Hopefully not a problem - maybe 'he' is a 'she' and has some pressing maternal duties at the moment.image  About the time of year for it to happen ...


    Our garden is full of hedgehogs each night at the moment - I'm going to have to start shovelling up their 'leavings'. image   OH is a light sleeper and they wake him up some nights, snuffling around and pushing their dish about on the terrace image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Badgers are the main predator of hedgehogs and all ground-nesting birds.
  • I have been feeding hedgehogs all summer on mealworm and cat food they have been living under my shed but the last two nights they have not been to feed image. There was evidence of cat hairs around the entrance to the feeding station would this frighten them off and will they return if I continue to provide food?

  • A cat won't bother a hedgehog.

    They may have moved on and become more independent and self sufficient and which is no bad thing.


  • The hedgehog who was visiting our garden every night has suddenly stopped coming round. The same thing happened last year, too. They visit every night for months, take up residence in our super des res hedgehog house for a while, and then vanish. I still put food and water out every night in the feeding station (we've had to get one because of the scavenging herring gulls!), but still no sign of them returning. Has anyone any ideas where they have gone?

    Regarding the slug issue, I have read that slugs carry lungworm, If you look up "hedgehog slug lungworms" there are sites (including the site for hedgehog rescue) explaining the danger to hedgehogs from lungworms.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,073

    slugs and hedgehogs are all part of nature's diversity. I think it's a mistake to pick one species to save above all others. The biggest threat to all of it is humans with the destruction of habitats and applications of chemicals to upset the balance. 

    Last edited: 11 June 2017 09:49:49

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,187

    They often 'disappear' for a few weeks in the summer because the females have 'nursery responsibilities' and change their routine.  

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Same here - 4 visiting hogs all summer for mealworms - now zero!!! for a few nights

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,187

    'Ours' is missing the occasional visit, but still coming most nights ... so far ... I think with all the fallen leaves we have here he/she is getting preoccupied with building somewhere cosy for the winter. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Probably scouting out hibernation sites and having to travel further for insects, some may have hibernated early if big enough (need to be at least 550g, if not overwintered/taken to a rescue) but it has been very mild here in the South East at night. More info on mealworms causing calcium bone deficiency here morechic.thanshabby - cheap supermarket cat biscuits/dog kibble is the most nutritious for hogs.

    Last edited: 24 October 2017 15:19:26

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