Hedgehogs are very much the gardener’s friend. Eating those invertebrates such slugs, beetles, earwigs and caterpillars which the gardener loves to hate. Hedgehogs also love worms and will eat millipedes that many predators find distasteful.
If you would like to help hedgehogs you can buy specially formulated hedgehog food. Such as our range from Cotswold Granaries below. However, if you don’t want to buy anything special you may put out a saucer of meat-based dog or cat food (don’t use fish-based food). As a welcome supplement to a hedgehog’s normal diet. You can also feed meat-based cat biscuits as these are good for the teeth. Even if you don’t feed your hedgehogs, please always make sure there is a shallow dish of water available. Especially during the summer months as this can be a lifesaver for a thirsty hedgehog.
It is a good idea to place the food in a feeding station to stop cats and dogs from stealing the food. As a result, keeping the hedgehog safe from predators whilst eating. Our Hogilo Hedgehog House acts as a great feeding station during the summer, and a hibernation station during the winter.