About Brambles: makers of heavenly hedgehog food and super swan & duck food
Brambles is a friendly, family owned business pet and wildlife business that have been operating in the animal welfare space for over 30 years. They use their experience and expertise to develop wildlife foods that are nutritionally balanced and safe for wild animals such as hedgehogs, foxes, swans, and duck. Furthermore, their products do not contain any added sugar, colours, or artificial flavours. With regards to hedgehog food, they do not use mealworms either, which are potentially dangerous for hedgehogs.
Another great thing is that all their diets are produced here, in Great Britain!
Welcoming hedgehogs into your garden
Discovering a hedgehog has entered your garden is an exciting thing. They tend to be fairly common to find their way into your outdoor space, but they’re not often always seen in time. If you find one in your garden, then here’s what to do in order to make sure they’re safe and sound whilst in your presence.
Give Them Food & Water
Hedgehogs will usually appear in the late evening, and if you spot them during the day, then it is worth handling them with care as they probably need your assistance. If you come across one in the evening, then they will certainly appreciate some food and water being given to them. You can get hedgehog food like Brambles, for example, which will go down very nicely for them, and it is worth putting some fresh water out too. Giving them, this will help them get on their way and who knows, they might come back for more. It is worth having it out for them as soon as you spot one and then to place it into any type of shelter you have once, they have gone.
Have A Shelter Ready
Providing them with a shelter can be a good idea if you want to give them a place to nest. There are shelters you can make, but you can also find a wide selection available online. It’s worth looking for something that’s small enough to be concealed in an overgrown area of the garden as this is where they’ll likely to nest if they are going to stick around your garden area for a while.
Keep Pets Away From It
If you have any dogs or cats, it is a good idea to keep them indoors whilst you are dealing with the hedgehog and when it is outside in your garden. If you need to take your dog out for a pee or poo, then take them out via the front or on a walk. The spikes on the back of hedgehog are very sharp, and so it is safe to keep your dog or cat away from it to avoid it getting hurt. When a hedgehog senses fear, it will puff out its spikes, and household pet are usually curious and blissfully unaware that it can cause them some harm if they get too close!
Give It Space & Watch From A Distance
You are a lot bigger than a hedgehog, and so if you are going to get close to it, it is likely going to go into defensive mode and curl up into a ball. Every time it does that, it is also going to be under a lot of stress. To keep it safe, it is good to give it the space it needs and to watch it from a distance instead. This is best done from inside your home, rather than standing outside watching it. If the roles were reversed, you would probably want the same thing for you!
A hedgehog in your garden should be celebrated, so make sure you get photographic evidence to show friends and family.