Our family business recently celebrated our 3rd year of being a Business 😊
We originally set up in 2017 as we saw that many commercial hedgehog foods were just not fit for purpose and, even worse, some were harmful to the hedgehogs. This was, & still is, confusing to the public as they would have faith in a company selling specific food for hedgehogs.
Our ethos is the health & well-being of Wildlife and so our research led to a wet and dry hedgehog food that does not contain ingredients that can contribute to Metabolic Bone Disease such as mealworms, sunflower hearts, and peanuts. We have also kept sugar and other high sugar foods such as dried fruits and honey out of our hedgehog food and, our Swan & Duck Food. We do not believe any type of sugar has a place in the diet of a wild animal unless there is a medical need, too much sugar can cause dental issues and obesity with associated cardiovascular problems. In addition, we have kept fat levels within recommended levels throughout our range of products.
We are in awe of the many Wildlife Rescues, both small and large who do an amazing job in helping our sick & injured wildlife and so we will continue supporting Wildlife Rescues with specially negotiated deals and the many Giveaways we do on Facebook, often in collaboration with other like-minded companies.
The European Hedgehog has now become a “vulnerable to extinction” species according to the Mammal Society https://www.mammal.org.uk/.
We can all help by supplementary feeding hedgehogs each night and leaving fresh water out as well. Encourage a safe passage to and from your garden and your neighbours by creating a small hole at the base of fences and borders. A hole measuring 13cm diameter is about right. Leave a quiet area of your garden uncultivated so hedgehogs can have a safe haven and avoid using chemicals such as slug pellets and pesticides. Always check the borders of your garden before using a strimmer, lawn mower or other garden tools, to ensure no hedgehogs are resting there. If you have a pond in your garden, make sure there is a way out for any hedgehogs that inadvertently fall in. A few partially submerged rocks around the edges of the pond will help. Hedgehogs hibernate during very cold spells, generally between November and mid-March although milder weather over recent years means they are often still quite active and it is good to leave food and water out during these spells.
Please don’t feed hedgehogs bread or milk as it can make them very ill.
Other foods to avoid feeding hedgehogs are:
- Mealworms, peanuts, sunflower hearts – due to them being very high in phosphorus which can lead to Metabolic Bone Disease
- Foods with added sugar or honey, or, food with dried fruit as this concentrates sugar levels to very high levels
- Foods with high fat content (over 15%).