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Hedgehog Awareness Week

16th April 2021 @ 6:06am – by Tarvin Webteam
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A Tarvin resident recently had to take a hedgehog to woodlands animal sanctuary with a horrific injury to its back . It's had to subsequently be put to sleep. It's likely it's Injury was caused by a garden spade or strimmer.
Please check under bushes, hedges, long grass etc before gardening to check for hedgehogs. They won't run away from danger just curl up and get hurt. A quick check can save a life and stop suffering .
Huge thanks for reading this article, let's help this endangered species survive. Hedgehogs are really beneficial to our gardens and such a cute but rare sight.
Hedgehog Awareness Week 2nd – 8th May 2021. Organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), this is an annual event. It highlights the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help.

In 2021 they are asking people to create a hedgehog haven! Gardens are important to hedgehogs, and we can make their lives easier without much effort.

There are many things we can all do to help hedgehogs; here are just a few:
Make sure hedgehogs can access your garden with a 'Hedgehog Highway' a 5" x 5" (13 x 13cm) square gap in the bottom of fences or walls should do it! Once created you can log these on the BIG Hedgehog Map at www.bighedgehogmap.org

Other things which can help hedgehogs:

  • Create a log pile to offer shelter and food
  • Build or buy a Hedgehog Home (see www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-homes)
  • Move any piles of garden rubbish to a new site or spread it out to check for hedgehogs on the day you burn it.
  • Check carefully before mowing or strimming.
  • Make sure netting is kept at a safe height.
  • Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
  • Don't use pesticides and poisons.
  • Cover drains and deep holes.
  • Ensure there is an easy route out of any ponds & pools.

Thanks for helping


Your friendly neighbourhood hedgehog!

P.S. The photograph was taken at the British Wildlife Centre and this hedgehog is used to dappled daylight

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