When I opened the farm this morning and as I did my normal rounds of checking the animals were all healthy and happy, I noticed something in the pond that looked strange. Upon closer inspection I found it was a hedgehog that had fallen in and drowned during the night which was really upsetting as we have tried really hard to encourage hedgehog's onto the farm by making homes, leaving log and leaf piles and providing plants that encourage insects for them to eat. We even made a footprint trap to see if we had hedgehog's and where they moved around on the farm and garden. So finding one to have met such a terrible fate was awful.
Hedgehogs can swim, but it must have been unable to find its way out of the pond. I decided action was needed and quickly formed the 'Hedgehog Helper's team to make sure it wouldn't happen again. The first thing we did was to find some large logs to place in the pond to help any hedgehogs climb out if they get stuck, we then placed fresh water around the farm and garden to give them an easily accessible water source.
Next we created an undercover hedgehog feeding area well away from the pond to place food in, this will have two benefits, the main benefit being to keep them as far away from the pond as possible and the second to help the hedgehogs fatten themselves up before their winter hibernation.
To finish we checked all the hedgehog homes and hideaways to make sure they were in perfect condition. Next week we are hoping to set up a nighttime camera trap so we can monitor the hedgehogs that visit out farm so we can hopefully prevent another tragedy.