Every week is Hedgehog Awareness week to me as we should all be thinking about what we can do to help protect and care for these iconic British mammals all year around in our gardens and open spaces.
Every year, The Hedgehog Preservation Society run a week where the plight of hedgehogs is highlighted and events are organised to try to help the general public appreciate and understand how individuals can really make a difference by making subtle changes to their gardens.
I have worked hard in my garden to encourage these mammals. I have created varied habiats, including leaf piles, log piles and overgrown areas, there are numerous gaps for hedgehogs to travel around and I offer food and water. I even set up a feeding station with lighting and an HD camera inside. I have been lucky enough to be able to film a healthy looking individual feeding this year already and up to 4 individuals in previous years.
I put together this little video using last week’s footage to highlight what we can all do to help hedgehogs and stop the scary decline that means we appear to have lost around 30% of the population since 2002 and therefore it seems likely that there are now fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK. I can’t imagine a Britain where there are no hedgehogs and I certainly want my grandchildren to be able to see these fantastic little mammals!
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