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Hedgehog food and slug slime

I've recently started putting out hedgehog food in the form of dry hedgehog pellets but have noticed everytime i check a day or two later, that there is a load of snail/slug slime around the pot.

Does anyone know why this would be ?

Also I'm wondering, a cat has started appearing in the garden, would that be eating the food ? Something is, and it isn't tipping over the pot that the food is under, so can't be too big ?

I"m hopeful it is hedgehogs as its prime area for them, but its just a mystery why all the snail / slug slime near the hedgehog food....

Any ideas gratefully received.


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,211

    They eat any leftover bird food too, Peanuts. image

    Those b***ers will eat anything image

    If the food's under a pot and you say it's not dislodged, then I don't think it could be a cat. How big is the space to get access to the food? 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    It is perfect hedgehog size.  We did used to have foxes but they seem to have disappeared over the last year bizarrely, so assume not them as thought they would just tip up the pot.

    The mystery is the snail slime or are you saying the snails / slugs eat bird food ?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,305

    The slugs here  often help clear up any crumbs the hedgehogs have left - I wonder whether the hedgehogs then come back and hoover up the slugs as they''re hoovering up their crumbs image

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

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,339

    mine never leave leftovers. 

    I'm on the 3rd hog in an hour.

  • put the food in a box so only hedgehog can get in and doesnt get rained on and less likely for slugs also

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,339

    I put my food inside one of these kinda things with the door blocked open. 

    Keeps the neighbours' cats from getting it.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,339

    nah, it's not a cat thread


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,211

    Peanuts - the slugs will eat bird food - I've watched them! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,211 fact - double image  Tetley image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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