Did you know that Friday 2nd February is National Hedgehog Day?
Here at reroom we love Hedgehogs. Hedgehog numbers have reduced from somewhere around 36 million in the 1950’s to less than a million today. We really want to change this and help Hedgehogs be safe and increase their numbers.
If you love a hedgehog as much as we here at Reroom do then here’s a few lovely little facts for you to enjoy:
- They are nocturnal, which means they sleep in the day and come out at night
- Hedgehogs got their name because they live and nest in hedges and snort or grunt like a hog (pig).
- They used to be called Urchins which lead to the Sea Urchin being named.
- A hedgehog has approximately 5,000 to 7,000 spines and these are hollow hairs made stiff by keratin.
- Each spine lasts about a year.
- Hedgehogs are largely immune to snakevenom (who found that fact out?!).
- A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet.
- They use their spines as skewers for fruit kebabs at woodland parties (we are of course just checking that you are still reading at this point…..)
- Hedgehogs are not related to porcupines.
- A group of hedgehogs is called an array.
- They can walk up to 2 miles at night (a long way for little legs).
Be Hedgehog Aware!
- Hedgehogs are actually lactose intolerant so rather than leave bread or milk out they are better with cat or dog food that isn’t fish based. It is good to mash the food up with a bit of cereal such as Weetabix or some wholemeal bread.
- They are good for your garden and your garden is good for them. They do like fruit and berries but they also like to eat the pests (slugs, beetles and earwigs) in your garden, keeping them off the plants.
- Check your bonfire before lighting it just in case a Hedgehog has nested in there.
- If you see a hedgehog during the day it is likely to be sick or injured so please contact the The British Hedgehog Preservation Society or the RSPCA.