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LavandeLavande Posts: 171

I was taking advantage of the early spring the other day to get a bit of shrub transplanting done, when I came across a mound of moss, leaves etc I left it alone in case it was a little house and went back to look yesterday and saw a little flower trying to appear out the side.  Thinking it might be a rare orchid image I gently lifted a few wee bits and pieces and established that it was in fact a crocus - slightly mis-shapen but a pretty little crocus nevertheless.  Then I wondered if the mound was just that, a mound of leaves, moss etc so without disturbing it I tried to have a good look and I am sure it is a hedgehog or animal nest and I am so touched that it is in my garden and impressed by the workmanship involved.  I am surprised though because I saw a hedgehog in January and remember thinking at the time that it should be hibernating.  Anyway just thought I'd share that with you. image



  • I think the mild weather has been confusing some of our hedgehogs - hopefully as it's been mild there's been some food around for them.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Oh wow! I'd love to have hedgehogs in the garden. I brought my future mother in law a hedgehog box as she had them in the garden but I've no idea if they've nested in it.

    There are certainly plenty of slugs around here to think that with the mild weather if the hogs are waking up now they wont go hungry!

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 171

    It is really lovely - I feel almost honoured but I didn't do anything special to attract them - they have been passing through the garden for a few years now and I didn't realise they could actually be living in it - although my OH had mentioned a mound a couple of years ago.  Yes hopefully there is a good supply of food for them.  I must have a look at hedgehog boxes then and maybe they'll know how welcome they are - although that depends on how many crocuses they have crushed image.

  • Probably not the hedgehog's fault - the crocus was below ground when he decided to built his hibernaculum just there image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • That's such a sweet story image

    I wish I could have a hedgehog in my garden, but they wouldn't be able to get in or out, sadly.

    Post us a picture once it decides to emerge, if you catch it in time!

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 171

    Hibernaculum... That sounds wonderful Dove.  I love that word.  I'll try to take a picture of the hedgehog emerging from his hibernaculum Jessimage but why would a hedgehog not get in or out - do you have a walled garden?   If I miss him coming out I will upload a picture taken of him passing through the garden last year.  They move at some speed incidentally but when they are scared they stop in their tracks and bury their nose in the soil - that's how I managed to get a couple of great photos but I didn't intentionally frighten him.  

  • One of the reasons for the decline in hedgehogs is the increase in solid panel fencing around gardens all over the country - hedgehogs need to roam over quite a large area to feed and also to meet up for 'socal activitiesimage

    This site gives advice on how to make areas safe and habitable for hedgehogs - we've liaised with our neighbours and have little 'hedgehog gates' in the bottom of our fences so that hedgehogs can visit several gardens in the evenings. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,403
    We live in a pretty rural spot on the edge of woodland. And though we see lots of wildlife we have never seen a hedgehog - despite numerous strategic log piles for them to call home. Someone said that you don't get hedgehogs where there are badgers - does anyone know if that is true?

    Jealous of your visitor Lavande - pictures would be lovely! image
  • Some people expound the theory that badgers eat hedgehogs and this is the reason they are in decline - there are some people with an axe to grind against badgers - as far as I'm aware there is no evidential proof that this is the cause of the hedgehog decline.  In fact if hedgehogs were a major food source for badgers once the hedgehog declined in an area so would the badgers, which doesn't seem to be the case. 

    This is interesting 

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,853

    What a lovely find! I used to have hedgehogs about 20 years ago and would find their nests but they disappeared. But there are badgers in the woodland at the side of the drive and last year I found an elderly dead badger in the lean to behind the garage. I wonder if the badgers have got rid of the hedgehogs. I hadn't heard that before.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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