Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Hedgehogs in Summer



Hedgehogs are hungry and looking for food

The hedgehog’s natural diet mainly consists of slugs, ground beetles, caterpillars and worms.  During cold or dry periods, these creepy-crawlies become much scarcer in gardens, so hedgehogs will benefit hugely from a shallow dish of water and supplementary feeding.  Hedgehogs will relish any combination of meat-based wet dog or cat food, hedgehog food or cat biscuits. But, please no milk or bread as hedgehogs are actually lactose intolerant! More tips here.

Have you heard some strange noises coming from your garden?

In their second year hedgehogs will be looking to breed and engage in something called “the rut”.  Males attempt to woo females in lengthy encounters that involve much circling and rhythmic snorting and puffing. The commotion can attract rival males to the scene and courtship can be interrupted; head-butting and chases are not uncommon.  So, don’t worry if you hear quite the racket coming from the garden, it could be hedgehogs!  More info here.

Are your ‘hogs gathering nesting material?

Hedgehogs need somewhere to nest during the daytime and mothers are looking somewhere to have their hoglets.  You may be wanting to clean out your hedgehog nest after winter/hibernation, but make sure it’s not occupied already, as disturbing a mother and her hoglets can lead to the mum abandoning her young. More advice here.

You can check out brilliant videos of all these behaviours on the Hedgehog Street You Tube channel.  If you have any great videos of hedgehogs behaviour please send them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Not seeing or hearing any hogs? Make sure your garden is linked up with Hedgehog Highways so that our little friends can move around from garden to garden, to find food or mates.

Thanks for helping hedgehogs!

Hedgehogs are our Neighbours too!

hedgehogPhoto: Alan Baldry

In Neighbourhood Watch we tend to think about people and property, but our Neighbourhood includes much more than this. Wild animals are our neighbours too and they need our help!

We all recognise a hedgehog but did you know that they are declining in numbers faster than the tiger worldwide?  

If you want to find out how to make a difference take a look at the superb Hedgehog Street web site which is full of advice and ideas to help our hedgehogs.



Wildlife in Whittlesey

In spite of continued development there are areas of Whittlesey rich in wildlife. These sanctuaries are often in unexpected places, many are on disused land which used to be industrial or in our gardens. Animals are amazingly adept at hiding their precence and so go un-noticed. Here are two pictures taken recently of animals that are regular visitors. Keep looking you may spot them too!

Fraudulent Pet Sales

Action Fraud has noticed a rise in reports concerning the purchase of pets, in particular puppies, advertised for sale via popular online auction websites.

The fraudsters will place an advert of the pet for sale, claiming to have recently moved abroad and the need to re-home the puppies.
Once a sale is agreed and payment is made, usually by money transfer or bank transfer, the pet does not materialise. The fraudster will usually ask for further advanced payments for courier charges, shipping fees or vet bills.
Ways to Protect Yourself

Stay within the auction guidelines. Be wary of paying fees via a Money Service Bureau, such as MoneyGram and Western Union.

Consider conducting research on other information provided by the seller; for example a mobile phone number or email address used by the seller could alert you to any negative information associated with this number online. 

Request details of the courier company being used and conduct enquiries regarding the company

Agree a suitable time to meet face to face to agree the purchase.

Be wary. If you think the purchase price is too good to be true then this is probably an indication that it is!

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.