This Year’s Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 5th to 11th May 2019 and is the perfect opportunity for everyone to increase the awareness of the problems hedgehogs are facing nowadays and how they need our help.
Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year. The purpose of Hedgehog Awareness Week is to highlight the problems hedgehogs are facing in the UK and how we can help them.
Sadly, Hedgehogs are becoming rarer with numbers declining in the UK, mainly due to habitat loss and a decline in food resources, however there are things that can be done to turn this decline around.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said “We are asking people to pledge to do at least one positive thing for hedgehogs during the week” and that “It’s a great excuse to get the kids away from their screens and out in to the garden, get them to create a sign declaring your garden a Hedgehog Friendly Space or maybe a name plaque for the hedgehog home!”
How to Help the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
- The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is hoping to raise £1,000 during Hedgehog Awareness Week 2019 and you can also donate via their JustGiving Appeal page which you can find by Clicking Here
- You could hold an event or do a sponsored something that you can link in with the British Hedgehog Prevention Society.
- You could simply print off one of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society posters and place it in your local shops, library or playgroup to increase awareness. Click Here to print the poster.
How to Help Hedgehogs in your Back Garden
- Be mindful while using strimmer’s. As we are starting to get back into the gardening we could take a few extra minutes to check all areas we plan to use our strimmer’s or lawn mowers for hedgehogs before we start our gardening so to keep our lovely hedgehog safe.
- Ensure there is hedgehog access in your garden – a 13cm x 13cm (CD Size) gap in boundary fences and walls.
- Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
- Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
- Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
- Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
- Cover drains or deep holes.
- Keep wild growing areas in your garden, with den like settings
- Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.
- The best food to offer a hedgehog would be meaty cat or dog food or complete cat biscuits. The only drink that should be offered is water (especially in dry weather and when offering dry food).
How to Help Kids become Hedgehog Aware
An easy way to help the Hedgehog population in the UK is to inform the next generation! Talk with your children about these lovely little animals and how they need our help. Here are some Fun Hedgehog Facts to share with your kids:
- There are 17 different species of Hedgehogs
- Hedgehogs are found in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand
- Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals, often sleep during the day in a nest or under bushes and shrubs before coming out to feed at night.
- Hedgehogs have about 5,000 to 6,500 spines at any one time
- Most hedgehog species will roll into a tight ball if threatened, making it hard for its attacker to get past the spiky defences.
- A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet.
- Hedgehogs have weak eyesight but a strong sense of hearing and smell. They can swim, climb and run surprising quickly over short distances.
- Hedgehogs in colder climates such as the UK will hibernate through winter.
- If hedgehogs come in contact with humans, they can sometimes pass on infections and diseases.
For some more Hedgehog Fun with the Kids you can Download your very own Hedgehog Colouring Sheets by Clicking Here
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