A single hedgehog can travel up to 2km in a night to find food, so why not open your very own hedgehog café—they’ll certainly put in the legwork to find it.
Most people don’t know that hedgehogs are actually lactose-intolerant, so although they’ll eat dairy products it causes them stomach discomfort and should be avoided. Chicken or turkey-based cat food is ideal, and you should buy the ones in jelly instead of gravy so that it’s not too salty and dehydrating.
Hedgehogs will feast and fatten themselves up before going into hibernation in November, so this is when they’re most on the search for food.
Make sure that the food supply is reaching them instead of the neighbourhood cat. Hedgehog feeding stations are sized specifically to let hedgehogs access the food source and they also keep the food covered and out of the rain—so everyone wins. Don’t forget, of course, to provide an ample water supply. Water sources can be hard found, especially in the winter, so I always put out a shallow water bowl that’s an inch or two deep and keep this topped up and refreshed daily.