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Posters to help you make your street hedgehog friendly

 How to make our street hedgehog friendly

 

Did you know:

 

Ø   The hedgehog population has declined from 30 million in the 1950s to 1.5 million today?  Other estimates say their numbers have plummeted by a third in the last 10 years.

 

Ø   Hedgehogs mainly live in suburban gardens so if we change the way we garden we can help to increase hedgehog numbers.

 

Ø   An adult hedgehog can eat up to 200 grams of insects/slugs a night, i.e. half their weight in food each day.

 

Ø   In order to feed this appetite they need to roam for between 1 - 2 km each night.

 

Ø    Hedgehogs are good swimmers.

 

Ø   Never put out milk.  Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant so it upsets their stomachs.  Nor should you put out bread as being insectivores they eat meat.  It would be better to put out dog food or special hedgehog food.

 

In order to thrive hedgehogs need:

Ø   Food

Ø   Water

Ø   Shelter

Ø   And the ability to wander at night.

 

 

What can you do to help the plight of hedgehogs ?

 

  1. If you have the chance, replace fences with native hedges

 

  1. If you can’t plant a hedge because you already have a fence, don’t worry.   Instead create a gap about 5 inches / 12cm under the fence or wall.

 

  1. Have areas of long grass.  Here the hedgehogs can search for earthworms and beetles.

 

  1. Leave some logs/branches/twigs in the garden so the hedgehogs can make a nest for themselves.

 

  1. Try not to disturb these areas between November and March, as this is the time hedgehogs are hibernating.

 

  1. Raise any sport or fruit nets in the garden so they are ½ meter above the ground otherwise the hedgehogs will get entangled in the netting.

 

  1. Build a natural pond with gentle sloping sides so hedgehogs can happily wander in and out of the water to get a drink.

 

  1. If you have a steep sided pond, position rocks in such a way that would enable hedgehogs to clamber out of the pond, should they fall in.

 

  1. Stop using slug pellets, as any hedgehog that eats these poisoned slugs will also be poisoned.  There are organic slug pellets, which claim to be wildlife friendly.

 

 

 

 



Posted 17:57, Sunday 28th February


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About Debby's blog

Every month I will give you some tips on what to do in your garden and allotment for that time of the year.  Because I am a designer there will be elements of design thrown in along with gardening advice.

I’ll also let you know about any projects I am working on;  the ideas behind the design, how we will implement it and what the outcome was like. 

If any one would like to contribute I would be pleased to hear from you.  I am always pleased to hear other people’s experiences especially since I have found that the more I learn about gardening the less I seem to know.

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