Gardenwatch: Hedgehog & Fox

Gardenwatch: Hedgehog & Fox

With it being a very wet and very windy January, you’d think the back garden would be fairly quiet, apart from the little garden birds. Well, when I checked the wildlife camera in the garden I found the garden to be a little bit busier than I had expected!

The wildlife camera is currently situated just outside our two hedgehog houses. By placing an old window on top of the hedgehog houses and plant tubs, we’ve created a little shelter for the hedgehogs should they pop out in the awful weather we’ve been having.

This afternoon, I decided to check the wildlife camera for any movement. I was surprised and excited to discover that in the early hours of this morning not only was a hedgehog pottering around looking for food but so was a fox!

A quick scroll back through the videos revealed that it wasn’t the fox’s first visit either.

I wasn’t surprised to discover Tommy the cat wandering past the camera as he’s often in the garden. Sometimes he sits looking through the window trying to catch the attention of my two cats, Sugar & Silky.

Have you discovered anything in your garden lately?


  1. Ginnie Hart says:

    How fabulous to have caught all that action on your wildlife camera, Nikki! I loved the way you did the video, with captions along the way. How very clever. It was the first time (that I remember) seeing a hedgehog “play dead” (cover himself up) like that. How very educational and endearing. 🙂

    • Nikki says:

      I got the wildlife camera after spotting a hedgehog out in the garden one evening, so I can watch without disturbing them. I was so surprised to see the fox!

  2. Catherine says:

    Oh the things that go on in the garden, under the cover of darkness. Your wildlife camera is doing its work well. We’ve had two foxes visit at dusk and I’ve been able to watch each one from the window. But after some snow a few weeks back I noticed a lot of tracks and I think perhaps they were having fun in the snow while we were asleep.

  3. jeanie says:

    What a fabulous video, Nikki. I’ve never seen a hedgehog “live” (just pictures/drawings) so that was very cool. I’m glad the fox and hedgehog didn’t come to blows. And Tommy is most handsome!

  4. TommysMum says:

    Hi, I’m so happy to see we still have hedgehogs around Chestnut View, after someone ran over the big fella I used to often see And a fox too – I’ve never seen a fox around here, so that’s great news too. As for Tommy – that’s my boy! The nosiest cat I’ve ever known! I hope he is not a bother to you?

    • Nikki says:

      No, Tommy is not a bother at all. He sometimes sits in the plant pots or the raised beds, but is easily moved on. He spends a lot of time wandering in and through the garden. It’s quite fun to watch him surveying the heather or in the field looking for his next prey!

  5. Kris P says:

    Very cute, Nikki! I’m glad to see that Fox ignored Hedgehog. Although there are still supposed to be some red foxes in my semi-rural area, I’ve never seen one but then this is coyote territory. As to hedgehogs, they’re not found in North America at all.

  6. Ann Coleman says:

    What a great video! Are hedgehogs like porcupines, in that they have quills to protect themselves from predators? That’s what it looked like in the video, when the hedgehog rolled up and stayed still during the fox’s visit. And good for your to providing shelter for the local wildlife!

  7. CherryPie says:

    Amazing footage.

    I miss the hedgehog that visited our garden (all summer) a few years ago. He used to wander round our garden walking past us (sitting out on the patio) before continuing on his longer ramble around our neighbourhood 🙂

  8. Astrid says:

    How fun and extra ordinary this is, Nikki. I once saw a hedgehog curl up like that when I was a kid. It fascinated me to no end. You did an extreme great job with the video and the text in the video as well. It must be fun to discover “life” on your camera each morning. A fox, a hedgehog and a cat… that can be the start of nice adventures.

  9. Alexandra says:

    I love the idea of having your own wildlife camera on your property! I see wildlife cameras when I am on the hiking trails out in the foothills and mountains. If I had one on my property, I might see a rabbit! Now I am curious!!!

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