Spring is here - and that means you may start seeing hungry hedgehogs in your gardens

At this time of year there will be lots of hungry hedgehogs trying to fatten up after their hibernation, so a plate of hedgehog food or meaty dog or cat food will be appreciated, plus a dish of water.

Although it is a little early for hoglets there may well be some courtship going on.

Hedgehogs prefer their own company as they are solitary animals. However in the breeding season the male will be on the lookout for lady friends.

If you seem to have a regular visiting hedgehog at this time of year it may well be a female as the males are mainly nomadic looking for females, whereas the females just want a small home patch that will support them and their expected litter.

If you are concerned about any hedgehog that you see contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 (if you can weigh the hedgehog first that is always helpful).

Out of hours you will be directed to other numbers but whatever the time, with patience, you should be able to speak to a real person.

For more information about hedgehogs and how to help them visit www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk

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