Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 2nd – 8th May 2021, it is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and takes place every year. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.
This year the Charity is asking people create their very own hedgehog haven! Gardens are a stronghold for hedgehogs, and we can make their lives so much easier with very little 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
- Create a log pile that will offer shelter and food
- Build a Hedgehog Home (see plans at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-homes)
- Move piles of rubbish to a new site on the day you are burning it.
- Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming.
- Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
- Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
- Stop using pesticides and poisons.
- Cover drains or deep holes.
- Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds & pools.
BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said
“Our gardens take up such a lot of habitat, and by each making our own plot more hedgehog friendly, we can improve a huge amount of habitat for them. If you don’t have a garden yourself, you can still help by contacting public space managers, neighbours, family and friends to ensure they are doing their bit. We urge everyone to become a Hedgehog Champion for their area at Hedgehog Street – a project run by BHPS and our partners People’s Trust for Endangered Species. Join 88,000 Champions by signing up for free at: www.hedgehogstreet.org – you will get an email with top tips on how you can help hedgehogs each month and there’s even a Hedgehog Street app you can download from The App Store or Google Play!”
The recent news that hedgehogs have been added to the Red List for British Mammals as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ is shocking and BHPS is petitioning the government to provide more legal protection for hedgehogs before it’s too late. The petition can be found at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/550379 and 100,000 signatures are needed by 1st April 2021.
BHPS is hoping to raise £2,000 during Hedgehog Awareness Week 2021,
You can donate to the 2021 #hedgehogweek appeal at: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/HAW21
Leaflets and posters are available on this website under ‘information’ or we can post paper copies out on request. A downloadable copy of the Hedgehog Awareness Week (HAW) poster is available by clicking below