My hedgehog house is currently unoccupied. I’m hoping the previous resident found a nice winter home for his/her hibernation somewhere else and might pop back for a Summer stay at some point.
Here are some things we can do to make our gardens more hedgehog friendly in this period of isolation. Hedgehogs emerge from hibernation in March and April so at this time of year they need to pile on the ‘slug’ pounds. Hedgehogs numbers have declined drastically so any thing we can do to make our garden and access to the garden easier will help.
Here are the ideas from this British Hedgehog website.There are many simple things we can all do to help hedgehogs:
- Create a log pile that will offer shelter and food
- Build a Hedgehog Home (see plans at https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-homes/)
- Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it. Side note : I believe local councils are discouraging bonfires due to the virus causing breathing problems.
- Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming. Even better if you are doing ‘No mow May’ leave the grass cutting till June.
- Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
- Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
- Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used. If a hedgehog ingest slug pellets or slugs which have eaten a lot of pellets it causes the hedgehog to have a slow and painful death due to the poisoning.
- Cover drains or deep holes.
- Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds & pools.
- Create a 13cm square gap at the bottom of a fence or gate to allow easy access into your garden for our spiked friends.
- Leave a small bowl of water out for hedgehogs on hot days.
Thanks to Tracy Graham for the reminder about this week being hedgehog week.If you have or decide to build a hedgehog house we would love to see a picture.