Whilst out at dusk to feed the neighbourhood hedgehogs I heard a rustling in the undergrowth; and stood silent to await the appearance of a hedgehog. I was standing approx. 6’ from one of my hives. A juvenile hog appeared, not much bigger that a tennis ball. It rummaged around and then passed underneath the hive. The reaction from the bees was immediate, there was a roar from the hive louder than I have heard before, and guard bees started emerging from the entrance. I prepared myself to ‘leg it’ if the bees showed signs of preparing for attack!
The hedgehog carried on its way, oblivious to the effect it had on the bees. I stood watching and listening and it was 20 minutes before the colony fell silent and the guard bees went inside.
I would never have guessed a colony would take any notice of a hedgehog passing 6” below it, or that the response would continue long after the event.
I don't usually consider hedgehogs when deciding where to position a hive, perhaps in future I should.