How do you know if it is a hedgehog visiting your garden and not the neighbourhood cat or rat? Read on for my top tips on how to find out.
Buy a night camera
The best way to find out is to buy a night camera. It might surprise you what you’ll find in the night garden. I even managed to reunite a lost cat missing from its home over a mile away with its owner when I recognised it on my night camera!
Build a hedgehog highway
If you don’t yet have a night camera, check that hedgehogs can actually get into your garden. If you don’t have a hedgehog hole, it is unlikely you have a hedgehog – although they have been known to climb up ivy and over walls…
Look for hedgehog poo
Hedgehogs are nocturnal and, unless you sit out very quietly for hours on end at night, you are more likely to see their poo than the prickly visitors themselves.
Create a hedgehog feeding station
If you were a hedgehog would you want to visit your garden? Is there a good supply of natural food – particularly beetles? Do you leave out food, water and shelter? It is surprising how many people find they have a hedgehog visitor when they start to regularly leave out food and water.