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No hedgehog flea has ever been found living on another animal.
Leave water in a heavy bowl, slightly below ground level if possible. Bread and milk isn't the evil that it's sometimes painted but water is fine.
Nine out of ten hedgehogs prefer beef or liver based cat foods. Feeding is probably most valuable to hedgehogs in autumn when their natural food is least abundant and it can also be a help in spring.
80% of hedgehogs die in their first year.
A hedgehog must attain a weight of 1lb 4oz by November to survive hibernation through the winter.
Be careful when using strimmers, the blade itself can injure hedgehogs and the long grass under hedgerows can be one of their last refuges in a garden.
To keep cats and dogs off food intended for hedgehogs put it under an upturned box with suitably sized entrance holes. A cardboard box will do provided you keep it in a dry part of the garden, for instance, under a conifer.
Thanks to Phil Saye for these notes