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Bird fat ball recipe

My homemade wild bird suet cake recipe - including a vegetarian version.

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Handmade silver jewellery, Helping hedgehogs

Badger jewellery

Badger jewellery handmade in solid silver - and raising funds to help hedgehogs.

Nature jewellery by Little Silver Hedgehog gifts that give back
Handmade silver jewellery

Gifts that give back – building an ethical brand

From using recycled silver and sustainable gift boxes, to helping save our hedgehogs - how Little Silver Hedgehog is an ethical brand.

Elderly wild hedgehog old wild hedgehog
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How old is my hedgehog? How to identify an elderly hedgehog

The pigment of hedgehog noses turns pink with age. How to identify the age of a wild hedgehog.

Hedgehog wound from plastic cable tie
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Hedgehog trapped in plastic cable tie

Treating the wounds of a hedgehog found with a plastic cable tie around its body.

Hedgehog bonfire poster
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Burnt hedgehogs – watch out for wildlife in your bonfire

Don't have a hog roast this bonfire night - move your bonfire on the day of lighting or check carefully for wildlife.

Ethical Christmas gifts wildlife donation gifts
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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide – gifts that help wildlife

Ethical gift ideas for wildlife lovers including gifts with a donation to support wildlife rescue.

Baby wild hedgehog
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Always wear gloves – the importance of hygiene in wildlife rescue

Hygiene is vital when running a wildlife rescue. Find out why wearing gloves is so vital.

Wild hedgehog in hedgehog box
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Hedgehog hibernation weights – when to rescue Autumn Juveniles

What weight does a hedgehog need to be to survive hibernation? When should you be concerned about small hedgehogs in your garden. Read more to find out.

Silver pebble pendants by little silver hedgehog
Handmade silver jewellery, Helping hedgehogs

Birthstone pebble jewellery

Explore my unique collection of handmade silver birthstone pebble pendants, bracelets, charms and earrings.

Hedgehog water bowl
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Autumn gardening for hedgehogs

Leave the leaves - top tips for wildlife gardening for hedgehogs this Autumn.

Homemade DIY hedgehog house hedgehog box
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Do hedgehogs use artificial hedgehog houses?

The results of the first ever Hedgehog Housing Census are in and they reveal hedgehogs do use hedgehog houses. Find out how you can attract a hedgehog to your hedgehog box.

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Hedgehog with rat trap injury

Rat traps can cause serious harm to hedgehogs - find out more about the dangers they pose to wildlife.

Hedgehog friendly pond
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How to create a hedgehog friendly pond

Hedgehogs can swim but they can't swim forever. Read how to make your pond hedgehog friendly and provide an escape route for wildlife.

Birthstone paw pendant and birthstone pet charm
Handmade silver jewellery, Helping hedgehogs

Paw print jewellery for pet lovers

My silver paw print jewellery is the purrfect gift for any pet lover.

wild hedgehog diet
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The wild hedgehog diet – why beetles not slugs are the No.1….

What do wild hedgehogs eat? Why hedgehogs prefer eating beetles to slugs and what food you should leave out for hedgehogs.

Pandora wildlife charms
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Wildlife charm jewellery

Handmade silver wildlife charms to fit any Pandora bracelet or Pandora style bracelet.

Hedgehog trapped in plastic rubbish
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Hedgehogs trapped in plastic rubbish

Hedgehogs get trapped in discarded plastic waste - read about the dangers and what you can do to help.

Spring wildlife garden
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Video tour of my wildlife garden

Join this video tour of my wildlife garden and discover my top tips for creating your own wildlife garden.

Hedgehog self annointing
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Baby hedgehog self-annointing

A baby hedgehog 'self annointing'. They exhibit this strange behaviour, involving foaming at the mouth and licking their spines when they encounter new tastes and smells.

British wildlife jewellery by Little Silver Hedgehog
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British wildlife jewellery

Wildlife jewellery inspired by British wildlife. My range includes hedgehogs, foxes, owls and badgers.

Studying poo under the microscope
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Treating hedgehog internal parasites

Hedgehog internal parasites and how to treat them.

Insect hotel, bug house, wildlife hotel
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How to build a bug hotel – DIY insect house

My guide to how to build a giant insect hotel.

Wild hedgehogs in garden
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Why you shouldn’t feed hedgehogs mealworms

Why it is bad for hedgehogs to feed them mealworms, peanuts and sunflower hearts.

Hedgehog hole hedgehog highway
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How to create a hedgehog highway

How to create a hedgehog hole to link gardens with a hedgehog highway.

Hedgehog birthstone pendant necklace
Handmade silver jewellery

Hedgehog jewellery

Handmade silver hedgehog jewellery raising funds to help save our wild hedgehogs.

Silver hedgehog pendants silver hedgehog necklaces by little silver hedgehog
Handmade silver jewellery

Bespoke silver nature jewellery

I love creating bespoke jewellery designs. Here are some of my recent custom designs that I have personalised.

Wild hedgehog abscess
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Dogs attacking hedgehogs – how to prevent a dog attack

Tips for how to prevent dogs from attacking hedgehogs.

Hedgehog nest in pile of leaves
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Disturbed nest, orphaned baby hedgehog hoglets

A disturbed hedgehog nest with baby hedgehogs.

Hedgehog with foot injuries
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Hedgehog with foot and limb injuries

Treatment of a hedgehog with foot injuries.

Homemade DIY hedgehog house hedgehog box
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How to site your hedgehog box – a video showing where to place your hedgehog house

I've made a little video with my top tips on how to site your hedgehog box. A great read once you've bought one or made your own using my guide. Research indicates that how you site your hedgehog box is very important for your chances of attracting a resident so I do highly recommend following… Continue reading How to site your hedgehog box – a video showing where to place your hedgehog house

Wild European hedgehog
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Treating a hedgehog with metabolic bone disease

Treating a hedgehog with metabolic bone disease Meet Benjamin. He is very poorly with metabolic bone disease. Benjamin was admitted to my rescue at only 330g. He has been surviving by eating bird seed over the Winter. https://youtu.be/BVczpRkgjHQ Benjamin has metabolic bone disease. Basically, his bones are very thin due to calcium deficiency. This is… Continue reading Treating a hedgehog with metabolic bone disease

Three legged wild hedgehog amputee
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Hedgehog leg amputation – three legged hedgehog

Can wild hedgehogs survive with a missing leg? Meet Rupert. He arrived with me in 2016 as a small hoglet. He was only 300g. When I inspected him I could smell that something wasn't right. Wildlife rescuers go a lot by smell - you get to know the smell of infection and poo that is… Continue reading Hedgehog leg amputation – three legged hedgehog

Birthstone pebble charms
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Silver jewellery inspired by nature and wildlife

I love nature and wildlife and it inspires everything I do so I thought I'd show you how I translate nature into my jewellery. I make my jewellery using silver clay. I trained in traditional silver-smithing but I love the versatility of silver clay and the way I can literally take nature and emboss it… Continue reading Silver jewellery inspired by nature and wildlife

Strimmed hedgehog
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Treating a hedgehog with a strimmer injury

The sound of people people using a strimmer sets my teeth on edge. I hate them! They do so much damage to wildlife including hedgehogs, frogs and toads. This is the story of Holly and her journey to recovery from a terrible strimmer wound. She was found at the end of July with her head… Continue reading Treating a hedgehog with a strimmer injury

Wild hedgehogs in garden
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Build a hedgehog feeding station

Want to feed hedgehogs but not your neighbourhood cats? A hedgehog feeding station may well be the answer. It also helps to keep the food and the hedgehog dry when it is raining. Hedgehogs aren't keen on rain! There are lots of options for feeding stations. You can buy a ready made one, I use… Continue reading Build a hedgehog feeding station

Wild hedgehog in hedgehog box
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Releasing rehabilitated hedgehogs back to the wild

How to release rehabilitated and over-wintered hedgehogs back to the wild. I release hedgehogs back to the wild year round except for in the middle of Winter. To give the hedgehogs the best chance, here are some of the factors I bear in mind when releasing. It has to be 5 degrees or above at… Continue reading Releasing rehabilitated hedgehogs back to the wild

male wild hedgehog
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How to sex a hedgehog – how to tell if a hedgehog is male or female

Is my visiting hedgehog a girl or a boy? I'm often asked this question. The challenge of working it out often leads to many just being called 'Spike', which I guess works for either..... There are a few ways you can tell what sex your hedgehog is. The first does depend on the hedgehog being… Continue reading How to sex a hedgehog – how to tell if a hedgehog is male or female

Wild European hedgehog
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The cost of running a hedgehog hospital

What does it cost to run a hedgehog rescue? Of course you cannot put a price on the life of a hedgehog like Andy. Hedgehog numbers are in sharp decline and every prickly life is precious. But did you know that the vast majority of wildlife rescues are entirely self-funded and do it just for… Continue reading The cost of running a hedgehog hospital

Wild european hedgehog
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Find a hedgehog rescue

Information about how to find a hedgehog rescue for sick and injured hedgehogs.

Spring wildlife garden
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Top plants for hedgehogs and attracting insects

What plants to grow in your garden for hedgehogs. Help hedgehogs thrive in your garden with this guide to plants that are great for our spiky friends. Contrary to popular belief, hedgehogs don't mainly eat slugs. Their favourite foods are beetles and caterpillars. Growing plants to attract insects is therefore one of the best things you can… Continue reading Top plants for hedgehogs and attracting insects

Hedgehogs feeding in garden
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WANTED – homes for hedgehogs!

"I want a garden hedgehog!" If I had a pound for every time I've heard that, I would be a rich woman! I'm on the lookout for suitable hedgehog release sites for hedgehogs that have spent the time in care. I want the best of the best for these rehabilitated hedgehogs so please let me… Continue reading WANTED – homes for hedgehogs!

hibernating hedgehog
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Hibernating hedgehog – dead or alive?

How can you tell if a hedgehog is hibernating? This is a question I am frequently asked by my foster carers, a network of special people who support me with looking after rehabilitated hedgehogs over the Winter period. These hedgehogs missed the deadline for release before the weather turned cold and, if they are well… Continue reading Hibernating hedgehog – dead or alive?

Hedgehog in garden
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Hedgehog friendly wildlife gardening

How to create a hedgehog friendly garden The sound of a hedgehog snuffling round your garden has got to be one of nature's most glorious delights but hedgehog numbers are in sharp decline with habitat loss and human activity thought to be the biggest causes. There are now believed to be less than a million wild… Continue reading Hedgehog friendly wildlife gardening

Hedgehog feeding station
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What to feed wild hedgehogs in your garden

What to feed wild hedgehogs in your garden.