We are delighted to announce that Dr Amir Khan is our newest patron. Dr Khan, a regular on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Lorraine, freely admits to being completely besotted by the hedgehogs that visit his garden!
Dr Khan said of his new appointment: “British hedgehogs should be a common sight across the UK, but sadly these precious creatures are in decline. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing them thrive in their natural environments and we all now have a role to play in keeping these wonderful animals from fading away into our history books. That’s why I am delighted to be a patron for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, I am lucky enough to have hedgehogs in my garden and want to encourage others to make their gardens and streets as hedgehog friendly as possible!”
Fay Vass, CEO of BHPS said “We are so pleased to welcome Amir on board – his affection for the natural world, and for hedgehogs in particular, is well known and shines through when he speaks about them. We are sure he will be an asset to the Society and will help us spread the word about how each one of us can do our bit to help hedgehogs in the wild.”
We have recently been publicising the importance of leaving out shallow bowls of water for hedgehogs, especially during dry weather. Dr Khan explains: “The problem is that natural food and water sources literally dry up when it’s hot, so offering some meaty cat or dog food for hedgehogs and a cool drink of fresh water can really be a lifesaver. It’s a good idea to make sure there are a few pebbles in there too so that insects that fall in can escape.”