Over the years, I've spent some time working at a hedgehog rescue & rehabilitation centre. As we all know, hedgehogs are a gardener's best friend and there is estimated to be under 1 million left in the UK. Please sign this petition for a law protecting our prickly friends - https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121264.
Anyway, I thought it would be good to highlight a few things we can do to help.
- Make 5" round holes in your fences to allow hedgehogs to travel between gardens for food. One garden is not enough they can travel up to a mile a night. Talk to your neighbours and see if you can create a network.
- Provide a shallow bowl of water and cat/dog meat flavoured dry biscuits, preferably in a feeding station (easy to create & stops cats/foxes) seen here:
- Leave areas of leaves, sticks & dead foliage in piles behind hedges or trees as shelter and homes. Alternatively, buy one from a garden centre or the internet.
- Placing piles of logs to rot and attract beetles (a great hedgehog food source).
I'm happy to answer any questions, these form a basic start to helping. Thanks!