Hedgehogs - Heroes of our Gardens in Need of Our Help!
Hedgehog numbers are in decline, these welcome visitors to our gardens are in need of our help. Hedgehogs eat slugs and numerous other insects which feast on our garden plants. Here are some things you can do to help and somethings you should avoid doing if you want to keep the Hedgehogs in your garden happy and healthy.
- Hedgehogs create hibernation nests in winter called ‘hibernacula’. Help hedgehogs by providing nesting spots under your sheds, in compost heaps, under leaf piles or logs.
- Install a hedgehog house encouraging nesting in your garden
- Hedgehogs are known to travel around 1 mile every night. A wildlife corridor can be created between gardens by making holes in fencing between gardens
- Leave water out for hedgehogs to have a drink
- Put out dog food or meaty cat food around dusk
- Keep an eye out for hedgehogs limping or who appear injured
- In autumn watch for underweight hedgehogs that may struggle through the winter
- Don’t pick up hedgehogs
- Don’t put out bread and milk as they are not suitable as food for hedgehogs
- Don’t use slug pellet or other chemicals in the garden as they may poison hedgehogs
- Don’t light bonfire until checking to see if hedgehogs have moved in preparation for winter
- Don’t leave dustbin bags lying around as hedgehogs may nest in them and then be disposed of accidentally
For more information or if you find a hedgehog that may need attention, organisations such as Tiggywinkles, who rescue and rehabilitate all species of British wildlife, offer advice and help.
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Hedgehog Photo credit - Jillian Macready