Mak­ing Dorset more hedge­hog friendly

Dorset - - Wildlife -

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.

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