The British Hedgehog Preservation Society are running the Hedgehog Awareness Week from 5th to the 11th May 2013 and hedgehoggy events are being organised all around the country! The Awareness Week is takes place every year and highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how gardeners and allotment holders can help them.
This year efforts are particularly focussed on gardeners as there is so much that gardeners can do to help the hedgehog, the BHPS suggest a number of very simple things you can do for example:
- Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5” square gap).
- Checking areas before strimming or mowing.
- Moving piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
- Ensuring netting is kept at a safe height.
- Checking compost heaps before digging the fork in.
- Stopping or reducing the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
- Covering drains or deep holes.
- Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.
BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, Said “There is so much the gardener can do to help hedgehogs, and with hedgehog numbers in decline it is more important now than ever. We have produced a poster highlighting dangers hedgehogs face in our gardens to mark this Hedgehog Awareness Week.”
For a free copy of the poster and more information see the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website.