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The hedgehog is a familiar, well-known mammal of gardens, hedgerows and fields. They are Britain's only spiny mammal, and roll into a ball on sight of danger to protect their delicate bellies.

Food mainly consists of insects, earthworms, slugs and snails.

They will feed up in the autumn and hibernate in sheltered nests of dead leaves, grass and twigs. You can help provide protection in your garden by using a hedgehog house in a sheltered corner or under a hedge and away from full sun. Soon after emerging from hibernation around April, they will start breeding. The young are born mainly in early summer and rely on their mother to rear them and bring them food.