Hedgehog Awareness Week 2021

Ten top tips for helping our hedgehogs.

  • Avoid using pesticides and slug pellets in the garden these not only harm hedgehogs but also their food chain try organic methods instead a hedgehog is a gardeners friend.
  • Create a hedgehog highway with your neighbours by having a 13cm x 13cm gap at the bottom of a boundary fence for hedgehogs to pass through
  • Provide a shallow dish with clean fresh water and leave some meaty hedgehog food,meaty cat or dog food or cat biscuits especially during long dry spells.
  • Make a hedgehog house which can offer hibernation protection in a quiet corner of your garden also can be used as a nesting box for a mother and her hoglets in the warmer months.
  • Build a pond ramp or create a slope so hedgehogs or other creatures who may fall in can climb out safely
  • Check your bonfire before setting a light, ideally re-site or build on the actual day of burning
  • Dispose of litter responsibly ,hedgehogs can get trapped and could starve to death
  • Before strimming you garden check underneath shrubs etc to avoid injuring a hedgehog
  • Take care on the road hedgehogs defence is to roll into a ball so watch out for them at night as they are nocturnal.
  • Keep sheds,greenhouses and garage doors closed as these can be dangerous places for our hedgehogs getting trapped .