Wildlife to watch in March
The Flitch Way has plenty of habitats perfect for hedgehogs – they nest and hibernate in quiet, secluded log and leaf piles over winter, and come out to feed in grassy areas, woodlands and wilderness areas in the spring.
Hedgehogs usually hibernate between November and mid March, so they’re waking up and looking for some food this month. Bushes and hedges provide the perfect day-time hideaway, and then at dusk, insect-rich lawns and flowerbeds make excellent feeding grounds. Hedgehogs eat all kinds of invertebrates, as well as amphibians, bird’s eggs and anything else they can catch; they particularly like big, crunchy beetles, earthworms and slugs.
Also look out for
Found mainly in grassland and woodland edges, hares are similar to rabbits, but are noticeably bigger with longer, more powerful legs. They eat grass and other vegetation, as well as young bark, and dig a shallow scrape in the ground as a resting place. Look out for them bounding and zig-zagging across fields.
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