Today marks the start of "Hedgehog Awareness" week. This is an annual even organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), and aims to raise awareness of the troubles and dangers our British hedgehogs face. This year it runs from Sunday the 5th of May - Saturday the 11th of May.
I think it is very important that we all think about our hedgehogs in this country. While many still think they are a staple part of our wildlife, they are in fact declining at quite an alarming rate... No one is really sure exactly why, and it is likely to be a combination of reasons. Poisons, traffic, increase in predators, and maybe more importantly loss of vital garden habitats!
Everyone can do a little something to help our hedgehogs. Even simple things like ensure garden ponds have an easy route out if a hedgehog falls in, checking the garden before mowing or strimming, moving a bonfire pile before lighting it. The best help would be to allow some of your garden to go wild! Leave a corner a little untidy and natural, maybe create a log pile there too, and if you have co-operation of the community, link gardens together to create a larger habitat for our spiky friends.
For more information on "Hedgehog Awareness Week", what you can do to help, and the work of the BHPS, follow the link below.
We should be acting now if we want to save our hedgehogs... lets not leave it too late to save one of Britain's most iconic animals.