Those adorable little hedgehogs with a coat of prickles are more than just cute garden visitors. They're actually amazing insectivores that play a vital role in our ecosystem. But sadly, their numbers are declining.

That's where Hedgehog Awareness Week comes in! This annual event, held between 5th - 11th of May, shines a light on the challenges hedgehogs face and what we can do to help them thrive.


Fun Facts About Our Spiky Friends

Did you know? A group of hedgehogs is called an array. Hedgehogs have surprisingly bad eyesight, relying on their keen sense of smell and hearing to find tasty treats. They might look slow, but hedgehogs can reach speeds of almost 10 km/h in short bursts! There are even 15 different species of hedgehogs around the world, and they're surprisingly athletic - they can swim and climb trees!

Hedgehog Havens in Your Own Backyard

Here's the not-so-prickly truth: hedgehogs need our help. Luckily, there are many ways to create a hog haven right in your garden:

  • Become a Highway Hero! Hedgehogs love to explore. Create hedgehog highways by making small gaps at the bottom of fences. This allows them to roam freely, expanding their territory and finding more food.
  • Build a Fortress of Fuzz! Offer hedgehogs a quiet, sheltered spot to rest during the day. A pile of leaves, a special hedgehog house, or a cosy corner under a shed are perfect options.
  • Fuel Up Their Fuzziness! While iconic, worms aren't their main course. Opt for specialised hedgehog food rich in protein and fat. You can also offer small amounts of cat kibble.
  • Hydration Heroes! Leave a shallow dish of fresh water for these thirsty critters.

Gardening with Hedgehogs in Mind

A little care goes a long way! Here are some tips for keeping your garden safe for hedgehogs:

  • Hedgehog-Friendly Fires: Before burning a bonfire, move it and check for any wildlife using it as shelter. Light it from one side only, allowing an escape for any lingering creatures.
  • Mow with Caution: Always check long grass before mowing or strimming to avoid injuring a snoozing hedgehog.
  • Netting Navigation: Ensure netting is high enough for hedgehogs to pass safely underneath.
  • Escape from the Pond: If you have a pond, create an easy exit ramp with rocks or a gentle slope so hedgehogs can climb out if they fall in.

Keeping Your Garden Hedgehog Safe

Hedgehogs might be prickly on the outside, but they're sensitive creatures. Here's how to keep them safe:

  • Ditch the Poisons: Stop using pesticides and poisons in your garden. These chemicals can harm hedgehogs directly and kill the insects they eat.
  • Cover Up Deep Holes: Hedgehogs are curious explorers and can get trapped in deep holes or drains. Cover any such hazards in your garden to prevent mishaps.

Make a Difference for Hedgehogs!

But first, consider donating to the 2024 #HEDGEHOGWEEK appeal – your contribution will directly support hedgehog conservation efforts!

By following these simple steps, you can transform your garden into a hedgehog haven. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference. So, let's all become Hog Champions and help these delightful creatures thrive!

Post By Kalia