But there are simple things we can all do to help, which really will make a difference. So please, take this seriously and do something:
- Make sure there is access in and out of your garden. If you are fenced all around, put in one or two holes underneath.
- Plant a native hedgerow to border your garden rather than a fence. This provides both freedom of access and food.
- Leave areas of your garden messy (it’s a good excuse!). Leave piles of leaves and logs in a corner for a hedgehog to make into a home.
- Ask your neighbours to do the same. Hedgehogs need larger areas than most of us can provide with just one garden.
- If you have a bonfire, check to make sure there is no hedgehog inside.
- Don’t use slug pellets. If they are poisonous to slugs, they’ll be poisonous to hedgehogs too.
- Garden organically so you don’t kill all the natural things that hedgehogs eat.
- If you have a pond, make sure it has sloping sides and ways that a hedgehog can get out if it falls in.
- In cold periods, leave out a shallow dish of fresh water and some food (you can buy special hedgehog food or give them meat-based pet food or mealworms).
- Drive slowly at night, keeping a look-out for any hedgehogs wandering on the road.
Finally, remember: any action you take on climate change is positive action for hedgehogs since it appears that our changing climate is disrupting both hibernation and birthing patterns.