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Hedgehog food feeding

How To Help Hedgehogs In Your Garden


29th May 2014

Last Updated: 19th April 2023

Facts show the UK Hedgehog population has been in steep decline in recent years and our domestic gardens now accommodate the vast majority of their remaining number. However the good news is it’s really easy to help them thrive with just a few simple tips.

Hedgehog Identification

An unmistakable small garden mammal with a body covered in sharp spines. Being nocturnal, you may first become aware of your night-time visitors by their loud snuffling noises as they forage for food, or the unmistakable trail of coarse elongated droppings on lawns and patios in the morning.
Find out more about hedgehogs and their habits

The Hedgehog Year

Our native hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) lives in gardens year round but hibernates through the winter months. This conserves energy during the colder months when food is scarce. Becoming active in March and April they will forage nightly, breeding from May onward as long as the weather continues to be mild. By September hedgehogs will be seeking to pile on as much fat as possible. Sometimes doubling their weight, to get the reserves of energy needed to see them safely through hibernation.
Find out more about the hedgehog year

Hedgehog with litter

Hazards for Hedgehogs

Our gardens can present hedgehogs with a number of unique dangers but with a little care, these can be removed and avoided, greatly reducing accidental injury and deaths. Without knowing it, such seemingly innocent garden features as compost heaps, ponds and garden netting can be death traps to hedgehogs.
Find out how to avoid hazards for hedgehogs

Week old baby hedgehogs

Helping Hedgehogs

Ark Wildlife have been championing the cause of hedgehogs over two decades and we are the UK’s leading supplier of hedgehog products. We produce hedgehog food to our own carefully formulated recipes, with guidance from all the leading hedgehog rehabilitation centres. We manufacture hedgehog houses and feeding stations for hedgehogs that have been designed with many exclusive features, gleaned from years of field testing and customer feedback. If you wish to help the hedgehogs in your garden, you can confidently purchase any of the following items in the full knowledge they will increase the wellbeing of your garden visitors. We also sell hedgehog house starter kits which contain everything you need to start attracting hedgehogs into your garden.

It’s also important to create access gaps in your fences to help hedgehogs pass through – you can use hedgehog highway signs to mark these hedgehog gaps.

Interesting Hedgehog Facts

  • Hedgehogs will roam about 2 miles each night while foraging
  • Their natural defense is to curl up in a ball
  • Hedgehogs are immune to adder venom
  • Hedgehogs have 5,000 or more spines
  • They have muscles under their skin allowing them to bristle their spines when threatened
  • Hedgehogs may have up to 11 young in a single litter
  • There are 15 species of hedgehog in the world
  • In hot climates hedgehogs sleep through hot and drought conditions, called aestivation, it’s similar to hibernation
  • Baby hedgehogs are born spineless

Championing the Hedgehog

Ark Wildlife have been supporting hedgehogs for decades and as a business actively support the dedicated front line hedgehog carers throughout the UK. We support hedgehog charities by direct donations as well as sponsoring special events and exhibitions. We work closely with rescue hospitals and rescue centres promoting ‘best practice’ and publicising the dangers as well as the opportunities to help preserve these endangered creatures. Our ultimate aim to help reverse the decline in their numbers.

Ark Hedgehog Food Original with an Albino Hedgehog on Top

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