Winter Seasonal Advice
Hedgehogs should now be hibernating through until March/April. During hibernation hedgehogs are not really asleep, instead they are designed to drop their body temperature to match the environment around them. They then enter a state known as "torpor". This enables them to save as much energy as possible and slow down all other bodily functions.
Research has shown that hedgehogs will also move nest sites during hibernation especially if the nest becomes waterlogged, so they may be seen out and about. Also if the weather turns warmer at any stage they may wake up and start foraging for food.
And remember - Hedgehogs out in the day are usually in trouble and need help. The best advice is to call a local wildlife or hedgehog rehabilitator such as Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Throughout January and February foxes are busy mating. You may be woken up during the night by the screams of a fox, a sign that mating season has arrived. The shrieking is usually vixens in heat which is only present for about 20 days.
The top species to look out for during winter are: Robin, Chaffinch, Brambling, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Gold Crest and Blue Tit.
The greatest test for wild birds in winter is to find enough food. They need to eat enough to build and maintain fat supplies to store on their bodies and to use for energy. Birds will become dependent on food in your garden if you leave it out for them. You may witness a flurry of activity first thing in the morning as they replenish energy lost from overnight and then again in the afternoon, ready for the night ahead.