We maintain several feeding stations for hedgehogs in our garden as we get so many of them visiting, probably because at the bottom of our garden is Lytchett Bay nature reserve, a SSSI. We found several autumn juveniles in the garden, or out on the nature reserve, that were too small for hibernation, so have had them over wintering. These all get released out the back, so it’s nice to be able to see them still around.
The majority of hedgehogs will usually wake up during April and will be preparing for their year ahead. The first priority is to replace some of the weight they have lost during hibernation and they will be very thirsty so make sure some clean ground level water is available for them. Some may come out of hibernation in a very poor condition and may be found out in the day. These will need to be rescued and passed on to a hedgehog rehabilitator.