The patrons of the Society are (alphabetically) Ann Widdecombe, Ben Fogle, Chris Beardshaw, CJ de Mooi, David Domoney, John Challis, Lorna Watson and Twiggy Lawson; we are delighted to introduce them to you.
The Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP
“These charming little creatures which give so much pleasure to so many people are often under unrecognised threat. The collections at both my parents’ funerals and indeed at my 60th birthday party were for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and I am very honoured to have been asked to become a patron.”
“I have always had an immense love of nature and wildlife, and feel it is really important for people to take care of the animals with which we share our planet. I look forward to learning more about BHPS and its work now that I am a Patron for the Society.”
“The hedgehog is perhaps the gardener’s most useful mammal and as part of a coherent strategy to introduce a broad range of wildlife into the garden, I’m thrilled to be patron of the BHPS, with all the good work they do to protect and preserve this now threatened member of the gardening community.”
CJ de Mooi
“Hedgehogs are an essential part of our rural ecosystem but both they and their habitats are increasingly at risk through human expansion. We must safeguard their place in nature and our popular consciousness. If all else fails, hedgehogs have one inescapable quality that makes them worth saving. They’re so cute!”
“Engraining hedgehog awareness and appreciation has been a cornerstone to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and I would like to weigh in and support the cause, using my media activities to promote the passion of these beautiful and helpful garden friends. I know that there are messages that we need to get out to the public. Solid fence panels, strimmers, and totally clinical garden designs need to be explained as hedgehog hazards. People also need to realise the benefits of hedgehogs helping gardeners with the old foe …slugs… and how the excitement of children seeing these cute animals in their own garden not only adds joy to the household but also educates the next generation to appreciate and support hedgehogs.”
“I am honoured to have been asked to become a patron of the BHPS. It is essential that these endearing animals are protected. I am lucky enough to have quite a few hedgehogs in my garden; and I welcome them as allies in the war against slug and snail! One of them lives in a hole in the nave wall of the old Abbey and can often be seen pottering jauntily across the farmyard seemingly oblivious to our two bemused cats!.”
“A few years ago I spotted a hedgehog waddling round my garden and have been hooked ever since. I’m thrilled to have been asked to be a patron and very much look forward to helping spread the word and to contributing in whichever way I can to the preservation of British hedgehogs.”
“I absolutely adore hedgehogs and always have. So when I was asked to become a patron of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society I was very happy to agree. The Society does a wonderful job looking after these gorgeous creatures. We should all try and help too.”
Remembering with gratitude…
Sir Ken Dodd OBE
Ken joined us in August 2014 and was a valued Patron up until he sadly passed away in March 2018. Ken was very interested in the work of the Society and had hedgehogs in his garden at Knotty Ash. He had a great affection for our prickly friends and was most concerned about their population decline.