Hedges and Hedgehogs – Be a Hedgehog Hero

hedgehogs and hedges

It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week from 30 April to 6 May 2017, an annual event where the Hedgehog is celebrated, encouraged and heralded.  Our hedgehog community is dwindling and as a supplier of trees and hedging – the perfect habitat and shelter space for our prickly friends – we want to get behind the cause and shout about hedgehogs, too!

The hedgehog got its name because of its foraging habits, rooting under hedgerows in the undergrowth to find food in the shape of insects, worms, centipedes, snails, mice and frogs.  If your hedgerow is laden with berries, that’s an extra energy boost, falling right on Mr and Mrs Hedgehog’s doorstep.

So if you’re planting a hedgehog-friendly hedgerow (and let’s face it, they ALL are – it’s a perfect shelter for them!), you might want to consider those with berries too.  That way, your hedgehog community get shelter AND a feast – and then you’re a true Hedgehog Hero for an array of hedgehogs (yes, that’s the collective noun!).

Be a Hedgehog Hero

If you’re looking for a trees and bushes with the widest berry appeal, here are our best berry buys (and we’ve blogged on this in more detail here):

Herald the Hedgehogs

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017The British Hedgehog Preservation Society have some handy tips to make sure our gardens, fields and hedgerows are the most inviting places for our hedgehog fraternity.  Some things to do in your own outdoor space to encourage them:

  1. Check areas before hedge cutting
  2. Allow hedgehog access – a small gap in boundary fences and walls will suffice
  3. If you’ve a pile of garden rubbish, move it before burning it – this will displace any hedgehoggy activity beneath.
  4. Check your compost heap before forking – OUCH!
  5. Cover drains and deep holes
  6. Provide an easy route out of ponds and pools.

The Society are hoping to raise £2,000 during the week and have made this as simple as possible.  They have a justgiving page and you can also text HHOG17 £5 to 70070 (or £1, £2, £3, £4 or £10).

Hooray for hedges and hedgehogs!

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