Their numbers have plummeted in the last half century and this year’s mild weather has led to a third litter of hoglets, rather than the usual two.
But hoglets must weigh at least 600g to survive hibernation – and time is running out to fatten up the latecomers.
So B&Q and the Wildlife Aid Foundation have designed a ‘hoglet drive-thru’ to inspire gardeners to build their own feeding stations.
The doorway is just big enough for hedgehogs. And like any fast food chain, there is a distinctive smell – mealworm air freshener, the hedgehog equivalent of bacon.
Meanwhile, Ireland is set for its coldest winter in years, with sub-zero temperatures, polar gales and heavy snowfall predicted to plunge the country into an Arctic freeze within weeks.
Forecasters have warned that mercury levels will start falling significantly throughout November, leading to a shivering run-up to Christmas and an even bitterer spell throughout January.