A Radlett family have set up a hedgehog feeding station to help the prickly village residents prepare for their hibernation.
Rachel Colton, of Homefield Road, has gone above and beyond to help the hedgehogs alongside her son Reuben, six, daughter Eva, three, and husband, Jacob.
Hedgehogs usually hibernate from October/November through to March/April.
While in hibernation, the hedgehogs’ fuel supply comes from the fat stores they have built up over the summer, so September is a key time to ensure the animals are fully nourished prior to their hibernation period.
The family set up a feeding station for the animals at the end of last month, and had their first visitor on the evening of August 27.
They’ve done everything they can to make the little visitors feel comfortable – they bought a hedgehog house from Amazon with a tunnel entrance to prevent cats from getting in, and regularly fill it with two bowls – one with Spikes Hedgehog Food and one with water.
They’ve even made small holes in their fences to act as escape routes and made a pathway with a ramp to help them across.
Not only are the family aiding the hedgehogs, they’re also entertaining Radlett residents – they’ve set up a camera in the garden and created a Twitter account to share the steams publically. It’s aptly named ‘Pricklevision’.
Pricklevision has one particular star, named Pickle by Reuben, who is beginning to fatten up nicely for the winter period. According to the family, he/she’s been turning up almost every night and eating for hours on end.