Life Span: can live up to 6 years.
The hedgehog is the most easily recognised of British
mammals. As its name suggests it spends the day sleeping in hedgerows or
A hedgehog is normally a solitary, nocturnal animal. During spring and summer
days it sleeps in a temporary nest and wakes up at dusk to venture out and hunt
for food. It is an insectivore and eats all sorts of invertebrates, is partial
to birds' eggs and raids mouse nests for newborn young. In autumn, soft fruit is
Hedgehogs are ready to breed in April. If you hear loud snuffling and grunting
noises at night it may be hedgehogs mating. After mating,
the male leaves, taking no part in rearing the young.
Where to see them:
Can be seen in any of the habitats, but most likely on the edges of the grass
areas as they look for food.
When to see them
Mostly a nocturnal creature, but can be seen at dusk as
they awake and start going on there hunt for food overnight.
What they eat:
slugs, snails, caterpillars, beetles, earthworms, birds' eggs; sometimes frogs,
snakes and carrion.