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How do I encourage hedgehogs into my garden?

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 08:25

I've just had an email from Hedgehog Street with the following information on creating a Hedgehog Friendly garden - thought you'd find it helpful

1. Cherry (try varieties 'Stella' or 'Sunburst') A good urban tree: pick the right rootstock and it will fit in any sized garden. The leaves are the right size for hedgehogs to make their hibernation nests from so this will provide a ready natural source of bedding.

 2. Thyme Plant this between the cracks in your patio or in on the sunny edge of a bed. Aside from being incredible on roast chicken, it is the foodplant for several moth species = caterpillars = hedgehog food.

3. Willow One of the best plants there is for encouraging insects, it ranks up there with the mighty oak. For smaller gardens consider growing a willow structure or maintaining as a coppiced plant to keep in check.

4. Bird’s-foot-trefoil This legume is the foodplant for the common blue butterfly (and five others), and will also be very attractive to flying insects when in flower. Does well in a perennnial wildflower mix.

5. Honeysuckle Aside from the glorious nectar-rich flowers, this plant keeps its structure during winter which makes it attractive as a nest site. Grow it over your log pile to maximise the potential of this feature.


Visit this page to see more things you can do to improve your garden for hedgehogs...




Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:56

Where's the doom and gloom?

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:11

Use a proper rat bait station and pets will be safe

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:02

Rats are very crafty.  When I've had a rat problem I've used one of these

It sorted the problem within a few days.


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 06:53

Gemma If carrots disintegrate within a week of purchase then there's definitely something very wrong somewhere!  It needs to be taken it up with the Veg Manager at the supermarket/s concerned. 

deliberate or not

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 06:47

Hopefully the new neighbours will be an improvement


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 06:40

Good morning all   Can only breathe with my mouth open   OH spent the night in the spare room

Wintersong - a mountain of donuts?  Are thety for Verdun?

deliberate or not

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 19:44

I think I'd take the initiative and put my own fence up along there - good fences make good neighbours. 


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 19:34

Brother supplies Waitrose, M&S, Tesco, Sainsbugs etc.  He said none of them would accept carrots that aren't in perfect condition.  They'd be sent back to him and he'd lose his contract.  Something's going wrong somewhere - you're in North Essex aren't you?  Brother's a bit north of you ...

Hedgehog or rats

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 19:25

Are they adjusted properly?  Have you tried setting them and then pressing the pressure plate with a (longish) stick?

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