To all of you lovely people who live in the United Kingdom, I’m sure you’re all aware of our lovely animals, one of them being the hedgehog. They’re spiky, adorable, everyone welcomes them to their garden as free slug killers and we’re proud to say they are one of our most recognised national animals. However, did you know that hedgehogs are disappearing at an alarming rate? We’ve already lost over a third of hedgehogs in the last ten years alone, leaving us with under a million left. In the 1960s there were around 30 million, I’m sure that puts it into perspective.
Who’s to blame? Mainly us I’m afraid. From hitting them on roads to paving our driveways and putting various poisons in our gardens (slug killer, weed killer, ant powder etc). This sharp decline has led to some people taking action, such as myself. I myself volunteer at a local ‘Hedgehog Hospital’ where we take in sick or injured hogs and rehabilitate them until they are healthy enough to go back into the outside world. I play a very small role, those who have set up these hospitals and widespread campaigns in the media are the ones who deserve the most praise and recognition. But every little small step made to help these little guys…helps. So here are the small things you can do to help these little cuties. All photos here have been taken whilst I’ve been working on my iPhone <3
Make your garden hedgehog friendly
1. Keep areas of your garden as ‘wild’ as they possibly can be. Adding extra foliage and beautiful flowers will only aid the hedgehogs, more places to live and more insects to eat.
2. Leave out some water bowls. Even if hedgehogs have lots of food to eat, we often get many hogs come in that are severely dehydrated. If you think about it, how many areas in your garden can a hedgehog drink from? I’m sure it’s not many…
3.If you have a pond, make sure there is a small ramp inside or it’s shallow enough for a hedgehog to easily escape. Hedgehogs are fantastic swimmers but do easily tire and consequently drown.
4.Have a hedgehog house. You’re giving hedgehogs an extra little helping hand with building a nest. Just make sure it’s in a well-hidden area of your garden.
5. Make sure hedgehogs can get in and out of your garden. A small hole in your fence or underneath a back gate will allow hedgehogs to visit your garden, and simultaneously leave to find more food. This is essential.
6. Provide some food. Mealworms are the easiest choice, but not the best. A feeding station with meaty cat food is ideal.
Can you help fund the rescue and research on hedgehogs?
As you are already aware I volunteer for a ‘Hedgehog Hospital’ in Shepreth. It’s formally known as the SWCC. The link to the website is right here. If you’ve had a peep, you can see that you can help the hospital in many ways. Our hospital costs a lot of money to run. You can, of course, donate money like you would to any other charity here. Or, if you would like to directly give an item to the hospital, you can purchase something off of our Amazon wishlist. However small or big the gift chosen, we, of course, will need it. However, if you don’t fancy giving us anything directly, you can still help. If you make an account with EasyFundrasing, whenever you shop online, the retailer themselves will donate a small percentage of the cost to us! It’s dead easy and will not cost you a penny. Yet at the same time, our hogs can get the support they need. If all else fails, sharing this post and other websites about hedgehogs on social media would do us the world of good. The more people who know about this issue and know how to help, the better.
Other organisations that need help, exposure and donations
Anything you can do to help Hedgehogs or any form of wildlife in the UK would be greatly appreciated. Before we know it, our landscape could be completely transformed, and not for the better. Thank you very much!