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Good to have in the Garden


Hedgehogs are small prickly mammals which live in the wild in the UK, Europe, and a few other places. They also live as pets in the Americas. Hedgehogs are well-liked by people, and are considered "cute".

Hedgehogs are a good thing to have in the garden because they eat garden pests.

Here are a few hedgehog references at this site...

Picture of a Hedgehog

Milk-free contacts - cow milk is bad for hedgehogs!

Wiggly Wigglers - including How to Attract Hedgehogs to your garden!

Cat Table

Belts Buckles Tees - including mention of Sonic the Hedgehog, a character also mentioned on the page of Sega Casino

St.Tiggywinkles hedgehog hospital - also mentioned on the page of Charities

Gardening - useful contacts and information - having a wild garden is good for hedgehogs

Pet Plan - although they offer hedgehog insurance, presumably for pet hedgehogs, their affiliate program has been lost.

Other websites about hedgehogs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog

www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/hedgehog/

www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jun/08/hedgehogs-good-for-garden-pests

http://www.hedgehogs.org/Hedgehog

http://www.uksafari.com/hedgehogs.htm

www.ptes.org/index.php?page=393&rd=hedgehogs

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/hedgehog/

www.pznow.co.uk/wildlife/hedgehog.html

www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/European_Hedgehog

www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/facts/hedge.htm

http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/

www.wildlifeonline.me.uk/hedgehogs.html

www.hedghogz.co.uk/hedgehogs/recognition.php

http://hedgehogcentral.com/ - pet hedgehogs?

http://www.hedgehogs-hedgehogs.com/

If you have hedgehogs, you don't need slug-bait (slug bait kills hedgehogs). If you want to kill slugs as well as allowing hedgehogs to do it, you can use slug "Beer Traps". These are jam jars buried at surface level, half-full of beer. Slugs fall into them and drown. (Some people claim "at least they die happy").

When having a bonfire, it's best to avoid burning any hedgehogs. Solutions suggested include stacking the fuel separately and transferring it to the fire bit-by-bit.

If you want to feed wild hedgehogs in the garden, catfood is good. The general wisdom is to avoid milk, as hedgehogs are lactose intolerant. They can drink goat milk but not cow milk.

Hedgehogs' defence is to roll up in a ball, which is quite effective against wolves, stoats, dogs, cats, foxes, etc. Not so good against cars, trucks, buses, etc. However, evolution may be starting to take effect as some hedgehogs may be developing a response of "running away" on seeing oncoming headlights. It's a bit like the elephants evolving to have no tusks so they are not worth being killed by poachers. Evolutionary "design considerations" don't have someone making intelligent decisions. Instead, what happens is the animals with attributes that give a better chance of survival tend to have more surviving offspring.

Hedgehogs make a heck of a noise in courtship. The sound in the garden gives the impression that wild boars are in rut. Amazing to think that amount of sound is coming from critters as small as guinea pigs