A page dedicated to our spikey chums!
Back in 2015 I had a lovely surprise. A hedgehog started to visit our patch! I hadn't seen one of these spiky chaps since I was a young lad. Sadly, hedgehogs are going through a terrible time. PTES states that "in the past decade we have lost over a half of rural hedgehogs and a third from towns and cities.
Discovering this made me determined to do as much as I could in my backyard to make them as hog friendly as possible. Firstly, I signed up to become a 'Hedgehog Champion' with the wonderful Hedgehog Street! Hedgehog Street is a campaign aimed at ensuring the hedgehog, the UK's only spiny mammal, remains a common and familiar part of British life. We know hedgehogs are in trouble. We've lost a third of all our hedgehogs in ten years.
Fortunately, hedgehogs love gardens, and there are around half a million hectares of garden in the UK. We know what hedgehogs need to survive in gardens.
Hedgehogs need access to lots and lots of different gardens to survive, so this campaign is as much about getting people to cooperate as it is about gardening for wildlife.
Below are some top tips to make your patch hedgehog friendly!