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It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week!
30th April – 6th May 2017
3 May 2017
This week sees the return of Hedgehog Awareness Week. This is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.
Each year sees a new theme to familiarise the everyday difficulties that these little spikey friends can come up against. This year’s topic is focused on the strimmer campaign. Whilst many of us are all busy getting our gardens ready for the summer, this often involves the use of strimmers which can cause horrific injuries to hedgehogs so please be mindful and check areas for hedgehogs before commencing these gardening tasks.
There are many other things we can do to keep hedgehogs safe including;
- Inspect piles of rubbish and leaves before getting rid of them to make sure there are no hedgehogs hiding in it
- Check compost heaps before turning over
- Cover drains and deep holes
- Avoid using pesticides and poisons (this is essential to keep all pets safe in the garden)
- Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.
You can encourage these little visitors to your garden by ensuring there is a gap or hole in the fence which measures 13cm by 13cm - big enough for hedgehogs to come and go but not big enough for your pets to escape!
Do you have any regular wildlife visitors to your garden? We would love you to share your photos of wildlife sharing your garden on our Facebook page.
For advice on how you can help hedgehogs download the British Hedgehog Preservation Society PDF guide and for further information on Hedgehog awareness week visit http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-awareness-week-2017