This is the time of year when hedgehogs start to appear again, after their winter hibernation. But how much do you know about these adorable spiky mammals – and how can you help them?
Five hedgehog facts
- Hedgehogs are solitary, which means they spend their time alone. They sleep during the day and feed at night.
- They’re very good walkers, and can travel up to 12 miles in a single night searching for food and drink.
- They like eating creepy-crawlies such as worms, beetles, slugs and earwigs.
- Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets – and a group of hedgehogs is called a prickle!
- Hedgehog numbers are getting lower, so it’s important we do all we can to help them.
Five ways you can help them
- Turn your garden into a ‘hedgehog highway’, by making sure there are gaps in the fence for them to get in and out.
- Leave out piles of leaves and fallen logs for hedgehogs to nest in.
- If you have a pond, put rocks or netting around the edge so that hedgehogs can get out easily.
- Don’t give them milk – leave out water instead.
- Ask grown-ups to check for hedgehogs in the long grass before mowing, and in bonfires before lighting them.