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It’s a very PRICKLY business being a Hedgehog….

By Rob 5 years ago

If Hoggy is lucky enough to survive the traffic on the road his most likely risk of being chomped is by a badger. Badgers are one of only a handful of predators but they are tough enough and strong enough to break through the hedgehogs prickly exterior.

Hibernating Hedgehogs

By Heather 11 years ago

It’s coming up to that time of year when hedgehogs are contemplating hibernation. This generally commences in October and continues until March or April, depending on the weather.

During this time the hedgehog’s metabolic rate, cardiovascular system and respiratory rate slow right down to the minimum level to conserve energy. They will be curled up and when touched (not recommended) will bristle. During hibernation, the hedgehog will live off its fat reserves and it is therefore important that it has reached a minimum weight of 600g prior to the start of hibernation to aid survival.

Rachel Harries, who is in the Wiggly office on a temporary assignment, is particularly interested in hedgehog welfare. This is what Rachel had to say,

“My mum found three under-weight hoglets in the garden last year, who weren't big enough to go into hibernation. She took them to Maureen Webb who is a British Hedgehog Preservation Society carer near Ross-on-Wye to be looked after for the winter. Then in the spring she was able to re-release them in my mum’s garden.”

To find out more about information about all things hedgehog take a look at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society web site.

Something for the blog

By Heather 11 years ago

Hedgehogs have 6,000 spines and very poor eyesight

If your potatoes or tomatoes show any signs of blight, remove those leaves and burn them

“Egg production is down by 50% at the farm as Alison’s mum had half her chickens stolen last weekend

I am still a superhero
(to hear about Monty’s exploits listen to Wiggly Wigglers Podcast 0146)

Taste sensors of butterflies are located in their feet and by standing on their food they can taste it