Week 18 – National Hedgehog Awareness Week

 

PIC: Tomaž Demšar at Slovenian Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week at the start of May – organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Hedgehogs are declining in numbers, due to habitat loss. But the good news is that they thrive in our gardens. There are a few really great ways to help them out, which I’ll be exploring this week.

Number 1 – Create your own Hedgehog Haven

  • Make sure your spiny friend can get in and out by cutting a hole in your fence, or installing a gravel board with a hedgehog hole already inserted
  • Build a hedgehog home and feeding station from plans on the BHPS website
  • Avoid using pesticides and poisons, especially slug pellets
  • Leave some of your garden a bit wild! If you’re worried about how to do this, I can advise you.

 

PIC: Erinaceus europaeus (Linnaeus, 1758) © Michael Gäbler / Wikimedia Commons

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week – organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Hedgehogs are declining in numbers, due to habitat loss. But the good news is that they thrive in our gardens. There are a few really great ways to help them out, which I’m exploring this week.

Number 2 – Feeding Hedgehogs

  • Build a feeding station from plans on the BHPS website and make sure cats and foxes can’t get in
  • Feed with dry cat food, or hedgehog food, NOT milk or bread
  • Create a garden full of the tasty treats they love – naturally – there’s more on this on my website in my upcoming blog.

 

PetroKaterynych, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week – organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Hedgehogs are declining in numbers, due to habitat loss. But the good news is that they thrive in our gardens. There are a few really great ways to help them out, which I’m exploring this week.

Number 3 – Watching out for hedgehogs

  • Check before you strim! Hedgehogs can by hiding in long grass or scrub
  • Check before you light bonfires
  • Make your pond safe by providing a ramp for hedgehogs to get out
  • Pick up litter, especially plastic, so hedgehogs don’t get trapped or injured

 

I, Tony Wills, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week – organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Hedgehogs are declining in numbers, due to habitat loss. But the good news is that they thrive in our gardens. There are a few really great ways to help them out, and the final way is to donate to the appeal.

Search for Hedgehog Awareness Week online, or go to just giving and search for campaign HAW21

We all love our hoggies, so if you can spare even a little, Mrs Tiggywinkle will thank you!

 

Thanks for Reading

Kate

 

 

 

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