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Help hedgehogs boost their energy in spring and build fat reserves in autumn. You might also be able to see them while they eat and drink.
Last edited: 30/10/2023
Before you get started
Items you will need
Shallow bowls or other containers.
Meaty hedgehog food from wildlife food suppliers, or other food that is healthy for hedgehogs, such as tinned dog or cat food, or crushed cat or dog biscuits.
A structure to hide food from cats.
Create a hedgehog feeding station
Place the food
Late in the evening, place the food and water bowls anywhere in your garden. You may want to hide the food in a sheltered area to hide it from cats.
The best times to offer food and water for hedgehogs are spring (a boost of energy) and autumn (to help build fat reserves), but offering food and water all year round will benefit other wildlife.
Watch hedgehogs eat
If you are lucky enough to find a hedgehog eating or drinking, it’s best to observe them from a distance without lights on. Take videos or photographs – but remember not to use the flash!
Budding conservationists could use a camera trap to record hedgehogs and other wildlife in the area.
Replace food and water
Throw away any leftover food and water and clean the bowls each day. Do this outside with hot, soapy water and rinse well.
Replace the food and water late in the evening.
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