for that, elaine. I used to have hedgehogs once in my garden. First a mother and she gave birth to 4 hoglets. They were beautiful running around my garden. The young ones moved away. The mother developed a chest infection and died. As they are wild animals, there's not a lot you can do to control their movements.
It really is lovely to see Hedgehogs in your garden, especially the babies too. Please all, be careful of you have a pond, as they often fall in, and can't get out. If netted, check they they are not caught in it.
Whisker, you may well find you have Hedgehogs in your garden still, you may well be surprised that one appears at night. Maybe you could put out some cat food, and see if they return.
Originally, the hedgehogs came in because the door to my side entrance was rotting and they cold crawl under. Slso, it was the time we used to leave bags of rubbish outside instead of in bins. Since then I got a new doot and the carpenter refused to spoil his work by cutting ahole in it, so - nowhere for hedgehogs to get n. I'd dearly love to have some again - to help control slugs. It may even cut a hole in the door myself before winter finally sets in.
That's what it boils down to! There actually is little or no way in for the from the road. Not much way either through other people's gardens, as I am surrounded by walls on all sides.
Also the idea of leaving food out a night - would be sure-fire way of attracting them, as the have great little noses. Unfortunately so have so our friends the rats - and they are not shy about setting up home near food and water.!
That's a wonderful idea elaine! The advantage that place would have is they have a large tract of land for the hedgehogs to travel round in.
I had phoned up the animal welfare groups, asking if there was any chance the would give me an injured hedgehog that might not make it in the wild. They responded there was no chance of that because hedgehogs, by nature, cover a wide range of territory each night and one private house would not be enough space for them.