As gardener’s we all love hedgehogs, I think it’s most gardeners dream to look after them in their garden, but most of us aren’t luck enough to get a single visit, let alone a regular tenant. With numbers in the UK in decline, it’s our job as Cropwell Bishop Growers and Gardeners, to look after our population, even if it is just in our square mile village.
There’s quite a common misconception that hogs like milk and bread, but this can actually do more harm than good. This was brought to our attention again in a recent local publication, and again, it can leave some people stuck between what to actually do. So Gerry, our Treasurer, has got some clarification from the Hedgehog Preservation Society:
I write regarding [the information that] suggests feeding hedgehogs on ‘mealworms, cat food or bread and milk’. We would disagree with that advice and instead suggest hedgehog food, meaty cat or dog food, cat biscuits and just water to drink.
Bread and milk can upset tummies and in small or weak hedgehogs the dehydration that follows can be a serious problem. There are recent concerns that too many mealworms might cause bone problems for hedgehogs. With hedgehog numbers declining we are sure nobody would want to offer food that could potentially cause them harm. To be on the safe side we would suggest it is much better to stick to foods that don’t raise such concerns.
For more information on helping hedgehogs please see www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk
We hope this helps clarify any concerns you may have. We also want to take this opportunity to remind you if you have a bonfire planned, remember to check for hogs before lighting. I like to stack my bonfire in one place, and move it all just before lighting to where I want the bonfire. This gives a thorough check before enjoying the warm flame in winter.