This week is 'Hedgehog Awareness Week', organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help them.
The Society is asking people to provide sufficient space for hedgehogs to live/survive/hibernate in their gardens; this could most simply be in the form of providing a log pile/wild area.
There are many simple things we can all do to help hedgehogs:
- Make sure there are sufficiently large gaps in boundary fences and walls to allow easy passage
- Be careful in the disposal of rubbish (see image) and ensure any netting is kept at a safe height
- Move piles of rubbish to a new site before disposal (just in case there is a hedgehog within)
- Check areas carefully before mowing/strimming
- Check compost heaps before digging the fork in
- Stop/reduce the use of pesticides
- Cover drains or deep holes
- Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds & pools
The Society also has a free downloadable plan for building a hedgehog home CLICK HERE