Making Dorset more hedgehog friendly
of learning to forage with their mother, the hoglets become independent at around seven weeks old. It is possible for an adult female to produce a second litter, in late summer, but it is very unlikely that an autumn juvenile, becoming independent in October will be able to lay down sufficient fat reserves to survive hibernation.
In late autumn, as night temperatures drop, the supply of invertebrates becomes scarce. Hedgehogs overcome this lack of food by hibernating from November until the spring. During hibernation they reduce The Dorset Mammal Group (DMG) is aiming to make Dorset the first hedgehog friendly county in Britain. One by one, towns and villages throughout the county are becoming more hedgehog friendly under the guidance of the DMG. Could you make your neighbourhood a hedgehog haven?
To find out more about this initiative and how you can help hedgehogs, email Colin through his website at colinvarndell.co.uk and express your interest in helping hedgehogs.
Find out more about the DMG at dorsetmammalgroup.wordpress.com. their body temperature from
30°C to less than 10°C, their pulse drops from 200 beats per minute to less than 20 and breathing becomes spasmodic.