Just a quick mention that the Hedgehog Preservation Society are starting a new survey to help combat declining hedgehog numbers. The survey is asking about different hedgehog homes people put out, whether you feed any of the mammals and birds in your garden and about other potential homes in your garden. It only takes a few minutes to complete if you have a chance to do it. The survey runs to October, so plenty of time.
I’ve discussed helping hedgehogs before, but it’s worth repeating.
- Provide homes for hedgehogs. Homes can be bought, compost heaps, leaving gaps under sheds, log piles all can provide homes for hedgehogs.
- Leave out food in a safe place. Hedgehog feeding stations can be bought or made.
- Cover drains and ensure ponds have access points they can crawl out of if they fall in.
- Leave water to stop dehydration.
- Create hedgehog holes in fences and gates.
My homes have yet to be used for hibernation, but I only put them in last year. I do get plenty of hedgehog visitors though. I also discovered we get hedgehogs visiting at school, so set up a home there as well. So fingers crossed may get some hibernating this year.