During the summer drought our hedgehog population vanished. In previous years it was not unusual to see five or six individuals visit the feeding bowls.
The parched hard ground made a diet of beetles and worms impossible to find. In addition we had evidence of a very hungry badger (who would also normally feed on worms) increasing its range in search of food – which might well have included hedgehogs. We did care for and release 2 summer hoglets, where their mothers had probably died as a result of badgers or the drought. And this winter we have had two vet referrals living in the hoggery hostel, now semi-hibernating.
As we have a feral cat that does the rounds every night,
our hedgehog feeder now looks like this
with a supposed cat-proof maze inside
We have seen the cat weasel its way through there but it must have had some good hunting as this week it has a try
and walks away
One never knows when a hibernating hedgehog is going to get up for a quick snack so this week we were pleased to see this had happened
definitely not a cat
Last night we got further evidence
Good to see activity again.