For seven nights we have followed the progress of a hedgehog visit my garden. For five nights I have had a feeding station set up where I have experimented with foods to tempt it in. After a few days it looked like it was going in - but last night video footage confirmed this. It entered the feeding box only 15 mins after I put the food out! I saw its visit through a window and the camera caught it too. I believe it was probably disturbed with our voices inside and quickly left. The video below fades out when it fed in the dish of sultanas for almost 4 minutes. I have not altered the speed of this film.
Would it make a return visit? I was pretty sure it would as on other nights every single sultana has gone.
Can I be sure it is the same hedgehog visiting? No, I have no way of measuring that even if I was to stay up all night watching the box. Perhaps there are more than one visiting at different times during the night.
Did it bring any friends last night? Well, by the condition of the box this morning I would say 'yes' and they had themselves a party too! Initially when I saw the box this morning I thought something else had moved it about - but then I spotted the ‘evidence’. I typed hedgehog droppings into Google Images and yes I can confirm that the party animals were indeed hedgehogs!
The photos below show the feeding box as I found it this morning. However if you are about to eat you may not want to scroll further down to the photos of the hedgehog droppings that I have very generously decided to share. As you will see they were in the food dishes too and most were squashed but I was left with one fine specimen! Perhaps you have also spotted them in your garden but didn’t realise they belonged to a hedgehog.
Are hedgehogs new visitors to my garden? After seeing the droppings I can confidently say ‘no’ to that question. I have seen these droppings on my grass before and wondered who they belonged to - but I never considered a hedgehog. I can also fairly confidently say that it has most likely to be the sultanas that I throw out for the birds that they have been enjoying as well as my slugs and snails and perhaps that is why they are not interested in the dried food.
What next? Well, I wonder if I will see more than one hedgehog come to my feeding station at the same time? Perhaps then my feeding station will be too small. Of course you could guess what I would really love to see visit one day – a hedgehog juvenile!
The video above was taken, just after 10pm, on August 23rd 2007.