Has anyone else been helping these special little creatures? I had seen the occasional black deposit in the garden over the past few years but never realised until this year just how many were busy touring the area during the night. I started put hedgehog food from The Ark out in the Spring nights, and regular as clockwork have been having visitors from 8 15 p.m. onwards throughout the night. The big surprise was when a mother brought her 4 babies and showed them where the food is and then left them to it.. The big ones I think have gone to hibernate, but I'm doing my best to fatten up some young ones. I am told they have to weigh 1lb to ensure they come through hibernation safely. At least two are still on the small side but weather not too cold at the moment. As long as food disappears I shall continue putting it out. I sit for hours at night watching through the window waiting for them scamper towards the food and water. It's as though they are running on clockwork. They are such noisy eaters and have no table manners. Local cats were eating their food so I made them a feeding station with an upturned plastic storage box , made a cd size hole in one side and padded the edges, turned it upside down and put a couple of bricks on the top and they can eat in safety without Toby cat getting in. sorry Toby I know you are well fed at home. I now have three hedgehog houses in my garden buried under leaves, hay and twigs. A few weeks ago I found one fast asleep at 5. 0 clock in the morning in the food dish. He was definitely to be in trouble when he went home! I know they have a home under a pile of logs , but am hoping they also use the houses. Won't know until next year. To think all that was going on here in the night - and I never knew. What a revelation and what fun I have had this year.