Help hedgehogs recover from a 50 per cent decline
In the absence of their native hedgerows, it’s up to us to provide these struggling mammals with a new home
It only takes a hedgehog three months to rid the average UK garden of slugs – all they need is the opportunity. Hedgerows once snaked across the UK as natural barriers for livestock. However, since the rapid decline of the hedgehog’s namesake habitat, this spiny mammal is in desperate need of shelter from predators such as hawks.
The good news is that doing less gardening is great for hedgehogs, as large hedges and bramble patches
are perfect cover. Keeping a compost heap, piling up logs or even splashing out on a hedgehog house are all steps in the right direction. It’s also important to clear nets from the ground to prevent entanglement and provide escape routes from deep water.
If you want to provide food, mealworms and dedicated hedgehog food are perfect options. Bread and milk cause dehydration, so plain water is more than enough.
A hedgehog has around 5,000 spines on its back, with each one
lasting for around a year