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Hegdehog

Length:                        20-30 cm

Life Span: can live up to 6 years.

Weight:                               700g

Present:                          All Year


Overview: The hedgehog is the most easily recognised of British mammals. As its name suggests it spends the day sleeping in hedgerows or under shrubs.
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 eaten.


Breeding: 
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.


Hedgehog
Erinaceus europaeus

 

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