We regularly have hedgehogs visit the garden, here’s one recorded the other night. Listening to the British Library mammals CD it appears this may be a courtship call. Here’s what the BL says about it here:

“Although the breeding season lasts from April to September, the peak activity is during May and June when hedgehogs can be very noisy. Courtship is a lengthy affair, with the male circling the female trying to persuade her to mate. The female moves in turn, and keeps her flank to the male until she either gives in or moves away. To accompany this dance there is a very loud puffing and snorting, usually by the female, in her attempts to keep the male off. This noise can be so loud it can wake householders and also attracts other male hedgehogs, who may join in and even fight other males for an opportunity to mate.”


  1. Marion

    I live half a mile from the west Solent coast by a hay meadow and a churchyard. However all around are suburban houses which are not wildlife friendly though we do have a couple of hedgehogs, they have been seen mating (last summer)but one now has an injured back foot and has not appeared for a night or two. The hedgehog rescue lady in Poole says I must bring him/her in for treatment if I can. Another problem may be the badgers who have a sett the other side of the main road but forage round here, last week they dug out a bumble bee nest in the hedge outside my garden, so I worry about them killing the hedgehogs. Its rough out there! I am now putting out special food for the hedgehogs, hopefully not attracting the badgers to break in to our enclosed garden.
    We have a full range of birds in our wildlife friendly garden, no poisons used here. I am getting copies of a report about the dangers of slug pellets for hedgehogs and thrushes and will try to “brainwash” the neighbours!

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