Protecting our prickly friends

Protecting our prickly friends


Posted 7th May 2013


Ben Andrew from the RSPB wildlife enquiries team shares his top tips for looking after and protecting our hedgehogs:
 

· Create a wildlife corridor so that hedgehogs can access the garden and other gardens, i.e. by creating holes in fences or ensuring there is a gap under the fence - of course it will have to be a joint effort with willing neighbours.

· Have a hedgehog home - either a messy wild patch in the corner of the garden (leaves, wood, grasses etc.) or buy a hedgehog habitat. The RSPB sell a range of hedgehog homes providing a waterproof shelter and safe habitat for the hedgehogs in your garden – you can even make one yourself! Homes are best positioned in a shaded, quiet area of the garden.

· Compost heaps are to be encouraged!

· Leave out food and water (not milk and bread) - hedgehogs like minced meat, tinned dog food and mealworms.

· Don't leave out any slug pellets - hedgehogs eat both slugs and snails.

· Be aware of ponds - hedgehogs can fall in and drown! They can swim, but it is helpful to provide some sloping access so that they can get out easily.

· Strimming/lawn mowing - try not to do it if possible, especially in areas of thick vegetation or under hedges. Alternatively check the garden thoroughly beforehand.

· Close up all open drains, get rid of litter, netting etc. to prevent any injuries.


Visit www.rspb.org.uk for more information or to purchase a hedgehog home





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