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12:16 PM 3rd May 2020

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2020

Hedgehogs are in decline and so need our help. Hedgehog Awareness Week which runs from 3rd to 9th May 2020 is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
(BHPS) and takes place every year. It is a way of bringing attention to the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help them.

Some simple things we can all do to help hedgehogs:

Create a log pile that will offer shelter and food

Build a Hedgehog Home
https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-homes/

Move piles of rubbish to a new site before 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 or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used

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 getting together with neighbours to ensure hedgehogs have access points and hedgehog friendly features in the garden, we can open up a really useful amount of habitat for them. You could become a Hedgehog Champion for your area at Hedgehog Street – a project run by BHPS and our partners People’s Trust for Endangered Species. Join 70,000 Champions by signing up at www.hedgehogstreet.org – there’s even a Hedgehog Street app you can download from The App Store or Google Play!"

For more information on Hedgehog Awareness Week go to:

https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

https://ptes.org/

https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/HAW20