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Jan Harris
Deputy Group Editor
10:00 AM 5th May 2022
nature

Hedgehog Awareness Week

Hedgehogs are in decline and so need our help. Hedgehog Awareness Week which runs from 1-7 May 2022 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.

In 2022 the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is celebrating their 40th birthday.

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 and 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 the thousands of Hedgehog 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/