Did you know Hedgehog Awareness Week is the 1st – 7th May. Naturally, we thought this the perfect time to think about how we can make our gardens a little more hedgehog-friendly.
In the UK research shows hedgehogs are in decline and are now listed as ‘Vulnerable’ on Britain’s Red List of mammals. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2022 report, produced by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), shows the plight of hedgehogs differs significantly across the UK.
“The rural populations are continuing to plummet. They’ve been declining by 30% to 75% across different areas of the countryside since the year 2000. In contrast, the urban hedgehog seems to have stabilised and might even be starting to recover after having previously also been in freefall. So that’s a glimmer of hope.”
Fay Vass, BHPS
What is Hedgehog Awareness Week?
Organised by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), this week is all about raising awareness of the problems faced by UK hedgehogs and what we can all do to make a difference.
This year celebrates the 40th Birthday of BHPS and they are asking people to make Hedgehoggy Birthday Wishes!
By implementing some of the few simple hedgehog-friendly garden changes below you can grant a Hedgehogggy Birthday Wish!
Here are our top tips to create a hedgehog haven to make our prickly pals proud!
- Hedgehog Highway. Pop a 13x13cm hole in your fence 🙂 Hedgehogs have a HUGE territory so need gardens to be connected.
- Log pile. A pile of wood left to rot down encourages beetles that hedgehogs love to feed on.
- Keep them safe. Make sure your pond has an exit point and large holes or drains are covered at night.
- Add a hedgehog home 🏡😍 Nocturnal hedgehogs need somewhere to sleep during the day.
- Go wild. Leave a corner of the garden messy with a leaf pile.
- Stop using pesticides in the garden.
- Fresh water. If you know you have hoggie visitors, put out fresh water and hedgehog food or meat-based kitten biscuits in the evening.
What Is A Hedgehog Highway
A 13x13cm hole at the base of a fence is the perfect size to allow an access point for hedgehogs but small enough to keep most household pets safe. Hedgehogs can roam as far as 3km a night in search of food or a mate. A single garden is definitely too small for a hedgehog’s survival, creating wildlife corridors between gardens is a super way to help provide safe passage away from busy roads. Our handy Hedgehog Highway provides a stylish entrance, whilst letting people know what you’re up to. Why not see if you can get your neighbourhood involved.
Create a wildflower area
A wildflower patch is a super addition to creating a hedgehog friendly garden, not only in providing shelter but importantly to attract a whole range of tasty insects for hedgehogs to feed on. Yum!
Our Hedgehog Mix Wildflowers naturally attract beneficial insects, which in turn provide food for hedgehogs. Containing Yellow Rattle, Wild Carrot, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Tufted Vetch, Self Heal and Poppy.
Proceeds from the sale of every tin go to supporting People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) in their hedgehog conservation work.
Contrary to popular belief hedgehog do not eat slugs but beetles, caterpillars, insects and earthworms, having a biodiverse garden will really help.