The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) have together produced a free guide of ten tips to make your gardens hedgehog-friendly and help this small British mammal in decline.
Gardens and urban green spaces provide a vital habitat for hedgehogs to live in, but their numbers have fallen by more than a third over the last ten years.
By making your garden more hedgehog-friendly this autumn you will be helping animals prepare for hibernation, a critical time for any hedgehog, when they also forage for food to store up their fat reserves. The ten tips offer advice and easy practical tasks for all the family to get involved in, whether green-fingered or not.
Link your gardens: Hedgehogs roam between 1-2km each night in search of food, shelter and potential mates.
They can also change nesting sites more than once during their hibernation period. It’s therefore critical that they can access a wide range of gardens and placing a 13cm by 13cm hole in your garden walls or fences will let hedgehogs through, but be too small for most pets. Once you’ve made a hole in your fence you can add it to the national map on the Hedgehog Street website.
Food and drink: Hedgehogs really benefit from extra food, using it as a supplement to their natural diet. Meaty cat or dog food, hedgehog food, meal worms and chopped, unsalted peanuts are all suitable. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and should only be given water to drink.
To download your free copy of ‘Ten tips for encouraging hedgehogs in your neighbourhood’ and to find out more about other ways in which you can help them visit www.hedgehogstreet.org.