Posted 1st May 2018
Famously covered in spines, the hedgehog is one of our most familiar sights
A common sight in parks and gardens, the bushes and hedges offer the ideal day-time getaway, with insect-rich lawns and flowerbeds offering excellent feeding grounds at dusk.
Eating all kinds of invertebrates, as well as amphibians, bird eggs and anything else they can catch. A favourite will be big, crunchy beetles, earthworms and slugs, which makes them a gardener's best friend.
They're an unmistakeable animal. Their droppings consist of bits of beetles and other insects, with the medium-sized, black droppings typically found on the lawn.
What you can do to help
The once common hedgehog is now threatened from development and habitat loss. Combined, our gardens will provide a space for wildlife which is larger than all our National Nature Reserves, so gardening in a wildlife-friendly way ensures we can find our spiny friends a home. They will helpfully hoover up the unwanted slugs and snails, so there will be no need to use poisonous slug pellets. If you have a hedgehog in the garden, you can help it out by putting down some cat food and leaving a pile of logs or leaves for it to hibernate under. But don't forget to check your bonfire before you light it.
Text and information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts