How to attract hedgehogs and badgers
Constantly putting out food can make wild mammals reliant on unnatural food sources, but during winter and harsh weather, putting out a bit of food lets mammals top up any low food stocks to help see them through the colder weather. Put out food at dusk and don't forget a dish of water!
Putting out a bit of food will help see wild mammals through the colder weather.
- Plain meat based cat food
- Some garden centres stock specialist hedgehog food, as it helps keep their teeth sharp and clean
- If you have a problem with cats eating the food, hedgehogs also enjoy unsweetened muesli or weetabix. (Alternatively, place the food under a shelter of brick with a gap too small for cats but large enough for hedgehogs)
- Hedgehogs are also known to be fond of sultanas and small pieces of fruit, cooked potato, light fruitcake, plain biscuits, cooked chicken and raw mince
- It is important not to leave bread and milk out for hedgehogs, as it can cause diarrhoea
- Wet cat or dog food
- Fruits - such as apples, plums or pears
- Nuts - unsalted peanuts or brazils
- Root vegetables are known to be popular with badgers, so you could leave out carrots and cooked potato as well as fruit to try to divert them
- Specially formulated badger food is available commercially.