RSPB urges hedge­hog help

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

A “wor­ry­ing” drop in the num­ber of hedge­hogs be­ing found in Kent gar­dens has baf­fled ex­perts.

There has been a de­crease of nearly four per cent in the species, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est con­ser­va­tion sur­vey car­ried out by the RSPB.

RSPB com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Tim Webb said it was un­clear why hedge­hog num­bers had de­clined, but re­vealed some sim­ple ways to help in­crease the amount of wildlife, with­out com­pletely chang­ing your gar­den.

He said: “The one thing that has come out of our sur­vey is that gar­dens are hugely im­por­tant for wildlife and with­out our gar­dens we lose a huge arc of wildlife.

“Hedge­hogs just need some­where they can for­age for food. They eat slugs, snails and bee­tles, which is great for gar­den­ers.”

He added: “There are sim­ple things you can do like plant­ing wild flow­ers, re-plant­ing hedges in­stead of solid bar­ri­ers be­cause hedge­hogs love to wan­der and bar­ri­ers won’t al­low them to move freely from one space to an­other.

“Berries and fruit are also very im­por­tant for wildlife as well and a whole range of seeds. Even just let­ting a bit of grass grow long around the edges of your gar­den is a huge help.”

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