Hedgehog in the garden? What to do?
The Hedgehog is one of the oldest inhabitants of our geographical latitudes and at the same time the most popular wild animals at all. As cute as he looks, he immediately wins the hearts of children and adults. To find the prickly friend in your own garden, is like a blessing for many of us. Sometimes you can contribute but also to themselves, by one Hedgehog-friendly garden. And how does it work? It’s very simple!
The small sweet like especially natural gardens, where they will find sufficient food and a safe hiding place. Bushes, wood and piles of stones, garden shed and old, unused items are very fast to shelter for the Hedgehog. Optimally, it would be of course, if you are building a so-called Hedgehog Castle for the animals. This is not only but also for the long winter sleep and as a nest for the Hedgehog babies used as a place to sleep on the day, in the summer. As a dwelling place is very easy to make. It is important that it is in a quiet corner in the garden, where dogs and cats have little access. The Hedgehog Castle may be not too moist. Therefore, it would make sense to create a drainage layer of gravel and sand underneath. Straw and leaves are perfectly suited as a soft, fluffy stuffing for the Hedgehog cottage. Usually, the animal collects itself everything necessary for his dwelling. You can leave but also a lot just in the garden, so you ease his search.
Hedgehog in the garden – a great experience for the whole family
Food and water are the two other very important aspects that you should keep in mind if you have a hedgehog in the garden. Be careful! Hedgehogs are carnivores. It is a widespread misconception that hedgehogs eat fruit. Never do! The perfect diet for a hedgehog consists of snails, beetles, insect larvae, earthworms, and spiders.
Carrion and small vertebrates are also on its menu. If a hedgehog for some reason underfed, injured or orphaned is and a while at home should maintain this then give him above all cat food canned, mixed with oatmeal and boiled egg.
Everybody loves the little prickly friend
And please, very important! Definitely not milk! Hedgehog tolerated no milk! They get severe diarrhea and may even die.
Still, no matter how sweet and peaceful are the Hedgehog, they remain wild animals. That’s why Hedgehog by the federal nature conservation Act are protected. So if you have worn a hedgehog in need to be home, let them live after his recovery and the hibernation immediately again in the wild.
You will find more useful information about the Hedgehog-friendly garden, the appropriate feeding and other conditions here.
Especially orphaned baby Hedgehog need your help