Hedgehogs in April by Kay Bullen, Trustee,
British Hedgehog Preservation Society
April is a busy time for the hedgehogs. They will need to build up their body condition after their long hibernation and towards the end of the month the breeding season will start.
However they have a new danger to contend with brought about by coronavirus. Many people will be practicing social isolating and what better place to do that than in the garden. Weeding, clearing up, strimming all present dangers for hedgehogs nesting in our gardens. So if you have seen hedgehogs about or signs of hedgehogs please do take extra care.
A feeding station may also attract them into your garden and may prevent other animals from stealing the food put out for your hedgehogs. Although it may be the hedgehogs that are stealing your cat’s dinner. Watch out for any naughty individuals using the cat flap to gain access to kitty’s food, it can happen.
We need to prevent or significantly reduce the problems we cause for hedgehogs by some of our gardening activities, especially now when help may not be available due to self-isolating and social distancing.
Perhaps you can take this opportunity to create gaps into each-others gardens, make a nest box (or another nest box), or create a feeding station. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has lots of ideas on its website, look for the leaflets “Gardening with Hedgehogs”, and “Hedgehog Homes” (under Information and then leaflets) and Feeding Stations (under Information and then Posters). There are also lots of other leaflets and poster available.
If you need advice about any hedgehogs contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, they can give general advice and perhaps details of a local hedgehog rehabilitator that you can contact for further advice. Contact them on 01584 890801 or for general advice and for leaflets visit their website www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk.