Snuffles Hedgehog Rescue Supports ………..
Hedgehog Awareness Week 1st – 7th May 2016
Hedgehog Awareness Week is an annual event organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can all help. Hedgehog numbers have been falling at a rate of 5% a year since 2002 and there are currently less than 1 million hedgehogs in the UK compared with 36 million during the 1950’s. Unless we act quickly some research suggests that hedgehogs could be critically endangered by 2060.
Hedgehogs are not thriving in the countryside largely due to the destruction of hedgerows, the use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals, lack of food and a risk from other animal predators.
They are moving into suburban areas for safety and food and therefore we all need to be hedgehog aware.
During hedgehog awareness week we are encouraging everyone to take steps to help secure the hedgehog’s future survival in the UK
Take part in the Snuffles “Keep hedgehogs safe”challenge and aim to do as many of the following essential hedgehog survival steps as possible
- Make a gap of approximately 5” (size of a CD holder) in or under fences or gravel boards – this allows hedgehogs to search for mates and for food.
- Speak with your neighbours and encourage them to make gaps too – On average hedgehogs need 12 medium sized gardens to wander through during the night.
- Stop using slug pellets or pesticides and avoid treating your lawn with herbicide. All of these will poison hedgehogs. Visit www.slugoff.co.uk or www.hedgehogstreet.org for alternative methods of slug management
- Provide additional food and water for hedgehogs just before dark– A dish of meat based cat or dog food in jelly NOT gravy and a bowl of fresh water daily.
- Make or buy.a feeding station to stop other domestic pets or birds eating the hedgehog food. Click here for more details.
- Make a wildlife area in your garden – make a log pile or compost heap, plants rick in nectar will encourage insects and hedgehogs use deciduous leaves to nest build.
- Print off the letter for householders and distribute to as many houses in your street and at the back of your house as possible
- If you have a pond make sure there is easy access in and out. A plank of wood covered in chicken wire to avoid slipping is ideal or stepping stones so they can climb out.
- Make sure garden netting is above ground level so hedgehogs don’t get tangled.
- Cover any drains or deep holes in your garden to prevent hedgehogs falling in
- Always check for a sleeping hedgehog before digging, strimming and mowing – request our garden sticker (via our contact page) that you can put on your garden equipment to act as a reminder
- Print off our Hedgehog Awareness Week poster and place on any public notice board (library supermarket, work)
Please let us know which of the hedgehog survival steps you have already done or plan to do by completing the contact us form on this website