Tag Archives: hedgehogs

September already!

3 Sep

After a very busy summer of working on my dissertation, I’m back! I can’t believe it’s September already, but there’s still time for lots more blog posts this year about all things ‘animal’!

To start us off, take a look at this story from the RSPCA about a hedgehog who had a very lucky escape after getting trapped in a badminton net. The poor creature was found in a garden in Somerset with the net wound so tightly around him that he was unable to move or feed. Luckily, the hedgehog was found by a member of the public and is now making a full recovery at the RSPCA’s West Hatch Wildlife Centre. He will be released back into the wild when he is well enough.

You can read the full story here: http://news.rspca.org.uk/2013/09/03/hedgehog-in-a-tangle/

What a lucky escape!

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Welcome to Hedgehog Street…

6 Jun

Tonight I came across Hedgehog Street- a hedgehog-friendly website which I absolutely love! The entire website is dedicated to encouraging people to be ‘Hedgehog Champions’ and help protect this declining species. The idea of Hedgehog Street is to get your neighbours on board and turn your street into a hedgehog haven. The website has all the information and advice you need to create the perfect hedgehog habitat.

As well as all the information you need to know about hedgehogs, Hedgehog Street also includes the chance to sign up for a special pack with factsheets and posters to share with neighbours on your street. There’s also a picture gallery, forum and VIP Champion’s Area.

I think this is a wonderful idea to raise awareness of the plight of the hedgehog and encourage people to take action to help this well-loved species. Hedgehog Street not only educates people about hedgehogs, it also inspires communities to work together to save wildlife!

Take a look for yourself right here: http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/hedgehog-street.html

Watch out for hedgehogs!

26 May

Recently I’ve heard a lot of animal charities and welfare organisations warning gardeners to watch out for hedgehogs when working in the garden. There have been lots of cases of hedgehogs being injured or even killed by lawnmowers and strimmers as the weather gets warmer and people start cutting their grass regularly.

And it’s not just hedgehogs that are at risk. Birds, frogs and toads are just a few other species which may be hiding in the grass, especially areas where the grass has grown particularly long. So please take care and check garden areas before starting work. You could save a little life!

RSPCA face a prickly problem

15 Dec

The RSPCA has released a story today revealing that their centres have been inundated with large numbers of hedgehogs! Many of the hedgehogs are very small and sick, and in need of urgent veterinary care.

It is unclear what has caused this sudden influx of prickly creatures, however it has been suggested that the torrential rain we had earlier in the year could have had an effect; for example possible hibernating sites may have been washed away.

RSPCA centres are struggling to cope with this huge hedgehog problem so it’s up to us to help out if we can. To help hedgehogs this winter:

  • provide water for hedgehogs in your garden
  • dog/cat food and food scraps such  as minced meat will help to feed up hedgehogs to a decent body weight
  • if possible provide a nesting box or hedgehog-friendly area in your garden where hedgehogs can shelter from the wintry weather

Let’s help hedgehogs this winter!

Create a wildlife garden

28 Nov

I recently came across a lovely feature on the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website which tells you everything you need to know in order to turn your garden into a haven for wildlife. There is an interesting selection of ideas to try which will encourage wildlife species such as hedgehogs, birds, bats, frogs and toads into your garden.

By creating a wildlife garden you are providing a reliable habitat for the winter months and a secure place for creatures to raise their offspring. In return the wildlife will keep numbers of garden pests under control.

Some of the ideas include creating a log pile, compost heap, nesting boxes, a garden pond, or replacing fences with hedges. Take a look for yourself and have a go at creating your very own wildlife garden: http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/FAQS/wildlife_garden.htm

Take care this Bonfire Night

5 Nov

Well, the 5th November is here already so this is a little reminder of a few things to remember if you’re celebrating Bonfire Night this year.

First of all, remember to keep yourselves and your pets safe from fireworks. You can refer back to my post on pets and fireworks from the 25th October for advice on how to keep animals safe and calm. Loud fireworks can be very stressful for animals so try to stay with them if possible and distract them with toys and treats. You can also buy plug-in air adaptors to keep cats and dogs calm.

Please also remember to check underneath bonfires for hedgehogs before lighting. The mound of sticks and leaves on a bonfire make a perfect place for a hedgehog to build a nest, so make sure you check thoroughly for any hidden hedgehogs!

Finally, enjoy Bonfire Night! It’s a wonderful sight to see fireworks exploding across the sky, as long as you stay safe!

British Hedgehog Preservation Society

27 Oct

Today’s post is all about raising awareness of a brilliant charity which is dedicated to protecting hedgehogs here in the UK. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society works hard to help sick, injured, and orphaned hedgehogs. They advise members of the public on what to do if they find a hedgehog in need of help, and encourage children to respect wildlife. The society also funds research to determine the best ways to help hedgehogs to survive.

A wide variety of projects and fundraising activities are undertaken by the society. You can become a member of the charity, shop from their Hogalogue catalogue, become a hedgehog carer, take a look at the latest hedgehog research, or just find out more information. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society may be a relatively small charity compared to the likes of the RSPCA, but it is by no means any less worthy of recognition. It does great work for a species which has seen a 25% decrease in population over the last 10 years, and it needs our support to continue to help our spiky friends!

If you would like to find out more about the BHPS you can check out their website here: http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/. There is a wealth of information about the society and how you can get involved!