Yes, it's that time of year again, it only seems five minutes since we were preparing for the Winter and now Spring is upon us. The Hedgehogs have been active for a few weeks now (depending on where you are in the country) and they need to recover from the Winter slumber, so a high energy diet for a few weeks in order to prepare them for the breeding season is in order.
Our exclusive (hand mixed) Hedgehog food is just the ticket, Suet pellets, Oats, Raisins, Cat food are all in this mix. Tested for many years now this Hedgehog food is perfect for your garden friends to enjoy. Don't put too much out in one go, just a few ounces at dusk and wait and see what happens to it. A small bowl of fresh water to accompany the Hedgehog food would be welcome (not milk and never bread).
Help prevent Hedgehog injuries. - Hedgehogs do like to poke around in corners of our gardens, they can move surprisingly quickly and will get themselves into all sorts of trouble if left to it. So have a good look around your garden after the Winter lull for objects likely to cause a problem for your Hedgehogs. One item we are always careful with is loose netting, we use it over the vegetables to stop butterflies getting on the leaves, but if it touches the ground a Hedgehog will likely get tangled up in it and strangle itself, so we always use a frame and stretch the netting over it tightly, making sure there is no loose ends.
Slug pellets are a danger in the garden to lots of creatures other then Slugs - if you do use slug pellets use the organic ones that are not harmful to other creatures. The best method of Slug control we have found is Toads! we have three in our poly tunnel and they venture out into the veg patch next to the Poly tunnel also and so we do not need to use slug pellets, just keep a source of water for the Toads and they are happy living in the warm Poly tunnel as they find damp corners to live in and believe=eve it or not, they like to bury themselves in dry compost (under our Strawberries actually) and make a nest (it looks just like a mouse nest and is perfectly dry)