Hedgehog numbers in the UK are declining and the Lea Brook Valley Project are putting in place procedures to keep our hedgehogs alive. There are, however, a few things you can do in your own garden to help our hedgehogs. Project Hedgehog is a go!
Our gardens collectively are the largest nature reserve in the UK, by making the most of them we can make a real difference for nature.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
PUT OUT A HEDGEHOG HOME FOR THEM TO REST/NEST/HIBERNATE IN A QUIET PART OF YOUR GARDEN
Put a hedgehog home in a quiet part of your garden
where a hedgehog could rest for the day, hibernate for
winter or even given birth in and raise their hoglets. As long as it's out of the way and undisturbed, protected from the weather and has a hedgehog sized hole, then its good to go.
PUT A PILE OF TWIGS/LOGS/CUTTINGS IN A PILE AT THE BACK OF YOUR GARDEN
Let twigs, leaves and general garden mess build up for a bit in your borders. You can rake leaves from the grass and put them in your borders. this provides a place for insects, which is food for the hedgehogs.
PUT OUT FOOD AND CLEAN WATER FOR HEDGEHOGS TO EAT AND DRINK
Put out hedgehog good (Spike's hedgehog food (semi-moist or dry)) as their main food and optionally add a few crushed unsalted peanuts. 2.5kg for £9.99 from Amazon, this will last months! They would also appreciate a shallow dish of water for them to drink, in hot weather especially!
In the Summer pregnant females, new mums and baby hoglets may depend on you for food. In the winter, hogs trying to fatten up for hibernation may need your food and drink to survive. Bread and milk will make them ill!!
TO PREVENT OTHER ANIMALS LIKE CATS EATING THE FOOD, MAKE A SIMPLE FEEDING STATION FOR THEM
MAKE YOUR GARDEN PART OF HEDGEHOGS NIGHTLY ROUTE - IT TAKES AT LEAST 20 GARDENS TO SUPPORT ONE HEDGEHOG
Make a hole (about the size of a CD -13cmx13cm approx.) in the fence, gate, gravel board, or other barrier to your garden. it will be too small for most pets but essential for a hedgehog to get in.
Hedgehogs wander up to 2 miles a night in search of food and a mate. Many gardens are not accessible to them and they can't enjoy your garden.
We encourage you to talk to your neighbours to see if you can link all of the gardens on your road.
USE YOUR FOOT TO CHECK AREAS FOR SLEEPING HEDGEHOGS BEFORE YOU STRIM LONG GRASS
Hedgehogs like to bed down for the day in long grass as this makes an ideal resting place, hidden away quietly. Strimmers can maim hedgehogs causing horrific injuries and even death.
We also can provide signs like the one of the right for you so the hole you make in
your garden it is not blocked and continues to allow hedgehogs to travel into the garden.
OTHER HEDGEHOG FACTS
Hedgehogs can swim but get tired very easily so a ramp in your garden pong may make the difference between life and death. This could be a piece of wood, slate or rocks to enable them to climb out of water.
Hedgehogs themselves will eat slugs so will help with your slug problem. If you must use pellets, prop a paving slab up over 2 stones and place the pellets under there, neither hedgehogs or birds will be able to get under to eat them but the dark place will attract slugs.
Hedgehogs carry fleas but they are specific type that want and need to live on hedgehogs. They do not want to live on your pet dog or cat as they are unable to survive. So there is no need to worry about fleas getting onto our 4 legged friends.
This is a project in partnership with A Rocha UK, they have given us a generous grant for us to build houses and purchase materials for our hedgehog project. We would like to thank A Rocha UK for all their help and support as we kickstart this project.
We have a Hedgehog Survey planned for 22nd July - 28th July, contact us for more information about how you can get involved.
FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARD PROJECT HEDGEHOG OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS RELATING TO HEDEHOGS, WHETHER THAT IS ABOUT HOW TO GET INVOLVED OR MORE FACTS ABOUT HEDGEHOGS, PLEASE CONTACT US VIA ONE OF THESE PLATFORMS.
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