Once upon a time, hedgehogs were a common sight in British gardens. However, statistics show that their population is declining fast – so much so in fact, that hedgehog numbers declined by over a third between 2003 and 2012.
Many factors have contributed to this drastic decline: new roads and more traffic, new houses being built resulting in habitat loss, and gardens being surrounded by solid walls and fences.
To help, you can:
- Stop using slug pellets and chemicals as they can poison hedgehogs
- Before cutting hedges, shrubs, or mowing the lawn, check for hedgehogs in bushes and long grass
-Cover ponds at night as hedgehogs can fall in but struggle to get out
- Check bonfires for hedgehogs before lighting
- Build a hedgehog house!
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When your hedgehog house is finished:
- Do not varnish or treat the wood as the chemical could potentially be harmful to the hedgehogs
- Place it in a quiet location in your garden, surrounded by plants, under a covering plant if possible, and against a wall or fence
- Position the box so the entrance is protected from wind. It’s recommended that the house faces South or South West
- Clean the hedgehog house once a year in spring, using an organic Pyrehthrum powder. If you’re not sure if a hedgehog is living in the house simply place something small outside the entrance overnight. If in the morning it has been moved, the house is probably being used by a grateful hedgehog!