From Tony Thain:
Well, Wilfred is doing very nicely, thank you! After carrying out his primary duties of controlling the mice in the workshop, wash-up and the barn [garage] he often waits for me to either collect or put out the hedgehogs' evening meal and is becoming quite a poser. The first I know that he is around is the rustling amongst the empty feed bags and then a little head pops up over the hedgehog barriers to check that it really is me in the room. He then seems to wait for permission to have some mince.
Having talked about the birds waiting outside the back door for breakfast; I often have the same occurance with hedgehogs in the evening. They have worked out what time I appear to replenish the outside feeding stations and it is not unusual to find one or two hedgehogs waiting outside the door for the food to go out. I usually give these ones a special treat by giving them their own dish while I am putting the rest out. It is at this time of the evening that the "Generator Shed" is opened as a refuge for animals that are caught in bad weather, with food and water as well as a warm box to sleep in if they want. About a week ago I found that the box was occupied by a large adult hedgehog. This is not unusual, but what is, is that she is still there and appears to have claimed the box as hers. I have not disturbed the animal as I have the suspicion that there may be a recently arrived family in the box. So, it's a case of leaving the animal in peace as far as possible, and wait to see what emerges in a few days.
I will be delighted if in a couple of weeks, mum appears with her brood, but for now I must be patient.
Many thanks to Tony for story and pictures.