Help Save Britain’s Hedgehogs

Despite living surrounded by woodland I haven’t seen a hedgehog for years. I’m sure they are out there but it is worrying that I haven’t even caught a glimpse of one.

Picture of a Hedgehog taken by Evelyn Simak and available via Wikimedia Commons. Accessed 01/06/2011 at 21:12.

In an article byAndy Bloxham he highlights that during the past decade hedgehog numbers have declined by upto a quarter on the back of an increase in the use of decking and fencing in gardens and the paving over of front gardens for parking, the consequence of which is that hedgehogs are prevented from being able to move around to feed, mate and nest. These problems are exacerbated by the decline of natural habitats, such as the loss of hedgerows, and the use of pesticides. It is also pointed out that hedgehogs are used as an indicator as to the general health of the landscape and of insect populations and, therefore, have an important roll to play in environmental science.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society are launching a three year campaign together with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species to raise awareness of the plight of the hedgehog and to get us all involved in helping to stabilise and then hopefully improve their numbers.  The project is called Hedgehog Street and is also being championed by Springwatch on the BBC. 

So come on folks, make some gaps in your fencing (or better still, remove fencing all together and put in some hedging) and your decking so that hedgehogs can get around, feed, and mate; put a couple of log piles around for hedgehogs to hibernate in, remembering not to disturb them; let a patch of garden get overgrown so that hedgehogs can forage for food; and leave some water out for them, especially in this dry weather.

If we do these few things then we might be able to help reverse the decline in hedgehog numbers and help restore the population of these charming little creatures to a state of good health.

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Great post. We’ll look into your suggestions.

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    • Hi Petra, your garden looks quite large from the photos that you post so I would have thought you’d have the odd hedgehod roaming around; have you ever spotted any out and about, nibbling on slugs?

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      • Only recently! So exciting, as I had never seen one before. We were walking the dog, near the edge of the garden towards the field and a huge one was happily roaming. So pleased to see one and have to say that, I was quite astounded with the speed at which it can move!

      • There is a hedgehog living in my Greenhouse border! So excited, saw it last week. Very chubby, healthy looking thing! Very pleased on second sighting, also that this one has taken to my border.

      • That’s very good to hear, must be feeding well too. Perhaps there will be the pitter patter of tiny hedgehog paws before too long! Still no sightings for me but I am keeping an eye out; considering putting some dog food out one evening to see whether I can lure one from hiding.

  2. Good to bring this to our attention. i don’t see many hedgehogs here, either but I think there are some. There’s less use of pesticides in this area but they have more compitition from other wild animals I think. Christina

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    • Hi Christina, I think other animals do pose a threat especially as they all compete for space and food in an ever decreasing habitat, one of the consequences of human acitivity. Jason.

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  3. Posted by pricklytales on June 14, 2011 at 19:50

    It’s great to hear of others trying to do something to stop the decline in hedgehog populations. I am a registered hedgehog carer so I fully endorse what you are saying. I have several feeding stations in my garden into which I have put cameras so I can watch our dear little friends coming through the night.

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    • Hello Prickly,

      Thanks for commenting. I think it is worth trying to spread the news of such initiatives, whether it is regarding hedgehogs or other animals that are struggling. I had a look at some of your videos and it’s great to see the hedgehogs wandering around your garden; it’s the first time I’ve seen them in years!

      Jason.

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