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Hedgehog Awareness Week

3rd May 2022

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 1st – 7th May 2022, and is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

The campaign aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them. 

BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said: “Hedgehogs are struggling and mostly that’s due to human activity, these small actions can help a great deal, a little effort from each of us could make life a lot easier for hedgehogs! If you don’t have a garden yourself, you can still help by contacting public space managers, neighbours, family and friends to ensure they are doing their bit.”

Top Tips

  • Make a Hedgehog Highway in Fences – 5” x 5” (13 x 13cm) square gaps in the bottom of fences or walls should do it! Once created you can log these on the BIG Hedgehog Map at www.bighedgehogmap.org

  • Create an undisturbed log pile that will offer shelter and food.

  • Buy or build a Hedgehog Home (see plans at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-homes).

  • Offer water and meaty cat or dog food for hedgehogs – you can even build a feeding station to help keep the food safe for hedgehogs.

  • Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming.

  • Ditch pesticides and poisons.

  • Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds & pools.

  • Create a wild corner – leave a corner or edge to go wild supplying shelter and natural food for hedgehogs in the form of bugs and grubs!