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  • We've made a hedgehog feeding station.

    A plastic box with lid, bigger than A4, cut a 4 inch square hole in one of the short sides. Cover curt edges with duct tape or similar to protect hogs going in and out.

    Line bottom with paper, and put bowls of cat food and water in. Put on lid and weigh it down with a brick to stop large animals getting in. 

    Meal worms are good, but they can get addicted to them according to a hedgehog rescue lady!  

    The large one was round at about 2 am, it was clanging cat bowls around outside my bungalow bedroom window!

    Perhaps it won't wake me up tonight. 

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Celadonsusan is exactly right image mealworms are good as treats but are somewhat junk food for hogs. Meat flavoured cat biscuits in a feeding station is best, I put mine against the shed with a brick on top. The cat biscuits help clean their teeth, whilst sugary foods will rot them. Obviously no milk or bread. Sunflowers hearts and chopped peanuts are an alternative, certain fruits on occasion - no grapes.

    Last edited: 17 August 2016 21:45:49

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    Hedgehog feeding station

  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481

    Jealous. 

  • I may try sunflower seeds or chopped peanuts - thanks for the info mark - no wonder the hedgehogs kept coming back so keenly - giving them such a nice treat as mealworms must be like giving children sweets or chocolate - they just want more and more!

  • chloesmith61chloesmith61 Posts: 28
    Hi! Is there any hope in attracting hedgehogs to my garden being in London?? I'm thinking of putting a hedgehog house under some shrubs in the corner of my front garden, with some cat food and water. Though worried this will just get eaten by the foxes in the area. I'm in South London - Sydenham. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,940
    edited 5 July
    This is what happens if you feed meal worms, there’s plenty of food around the garden at the moment, they know what they need, worms and other natural food.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 6,316
    @chloesmith61 my advice would be to go for it  :)
    Foxes can be very determined when it comes to getting into feeding stations, and so can cats for that matter, but hedgehogs need all the help they can get 🦔.
    Have a look at this thread, it's quite large but there's lots of information in it. If you have or can afford a trail camera,  you'll be amazed at what you can spot.
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/993170/help-save-the-hedgehogs-part-ii/p1
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 2,830
    I find the dry hedgehog food is unappealing to cats, so you could try that, just make sure you have plenty of water available too.
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