Thursday, 7 August 2008

Hedgehog visits and links

This is our third year of watching hedgehogs visit the garden and what a treat this has been! Knowing not everyone is able to see this wonderful wildlife visitor it has been a delight to share our visits both through photos and video.

All captures are watched live and that's what makes them so special. I use night cameras outside feeding stations and inside our new for 2009 Hedgehog House. I also just stand in my garden with a video camera. You may be interested in building a hedgehog house or a feeding station. I have certainly had fun building and experimenting with mine.

Numbers of hedgehogs are in decline.If you don’t have hedgehogs or are not likely to ever see them then I hope you enjoy the ones that visit my garden.

VISITS 2009:

  • Sleepy hedgehog wakes up in Hedgehog House (video) - Sept 12, 2009
  • Rainy night visits to Hedgehog House, tick spotted (5 videos)- Sept 6, 2009
  • First visitor to new Hedgehog House (5 videos) - Sept 3, 2009
  • Early evening stroll around the garden (colour video) - Aug 9, 2009
  • Lunchtime visit (colour photos) - Jul 29, 2009
  • Breakfast visit worry plus details of Hedgehog House and camera inside. Lengthy garden update posting including videos of newly fledged birds being fed plus photos of garden blooms - Jun 30, 2009
  • Hedgehog photo (fav)plus first image of new hedgehog house in situ - see last Bloom video. House moved to new location since - Jun 16, 2009
  • Looking for clues to hedgehogs visiting your garden? (colour photos and video)- Jun 9, 2009
  • Eating supper (colour video). Introducing the new homemade Hedgehog House. Lengthy Spring watching update with lots of video and photos including wrens fledging - Jun 2, 2009
  • Hedgehog Manor (first House) in new location. Scroll down Bloom posting - May 18, 2009
  • Hedgehog drinking at ground bird bath (colour photos)- May 10, 2009
  • Hedgehog first 2009 visit spotted at feeding station (video) - Mar 21, 2009


    VISITS 2008:
  • Hedgehogs using hutch (3 videos) - Nov 23, 2008
  • Introducing the hutch feeding station - Nov 12, 2008
  • Looking in the 2007 hedgehog house - Nov 6, 2008
  • Hedgehog update on cold night - Oct 29, 2008
  • Hedgehog looking for food at log pile (end of video) - Oct 14, 2008
  • Hedgehogs feeding on ground and at dish (videos) - Oct 9, 2008
  • Hedgehog and cat (video) - Sep 1, 2008
  • Regular visits again (4 videos) - Aug 8, 2008
  • Young hedgehog spotted (video) - Apr 24, 2008
  • Infra red at feeding station (video) - Apr 10, 2008


    VISITS 2007:
  • Juvenile hedgehog worries (video) - Nov 12, 2007
  • Making a hedgehog house - Nov 1, 2007
  • Hedgehog noisy eater? (video) - Sept 12, 2007
  • First photos of hedgehog - Sept 3, 2007
  • Hedgehog eating peanuts (video) - Sept 3, 2007
  • Feeding station used (video) - Aug 24, 2007
  • The feeding station experiment - Aug 23, 2007
  • First sighting of hedgehog (video) - Aug 18, 2007


  • Photo above of hedgehog droppings.

    OTHER BLOGS showing hedgehog visits and video:
    MIDMARSH JOTTINGS
    HOGBLOG
    TWOSIE THE HEDGEHOG

    HEDGEHOG LINKS:
    British Hedgehog Preservation Society
    HogWatch - Record your hedgehog sightings
    Tiggywinkles - The World's Busiest Wildlife Hospital

    2 comments:

    Roses and stuff said...

    The number of hedgehogs is sadly declining around here - I guess many have been killed by the increasing number of cars. Maybe people also keep their gardens too neat so that the hedgehogs can't find a suitable place for winter. Glad to see that you take such good care of yours!
    /Katarina

    shirl said...

    Hi there Katarina :-)

    Interesting to hear about the situation in Sweden. Thanks for sharing that.

    Strangely enough the conservationists here use road kill as a guide to population spread and numbers. They suggest that when there are none seen on road then the problem is worse. They see road kill as positive and that there enough surviving to replace these losses o-)

    Yes, I agree that tidy gardens don’t help wildlife like the hedgehog. I do tidy up a little then too but I also leave small areas wilder too. I also have many ground cover plants and shrubs that are evergreen too which helps the hedgehog. I suppose as gardeners we should consider a balance where possible :-)

    Have a great week :-D