Hedgehog Friendly Gardens
The hedgehog population has dropped from some 36million in 1950 to just one million today meaning the species is facing the same rapid decline as the tiger.
If you have hedgehogs in your garden, you are one of the lucky people who can still enjoy the presence of these endangered wild animals.
Those of us who have gardens can each do our bit to help encourage hedgehogs to make a comeback and Brent Lodge is always looking for people willing to provide suitable gardens to release hedgehogs back into.
Hedgehogs love to eat slugs and snails, so they are a great benefit to your garden.
Make sure there are hedgehog-sized holes in walls and fences so that they can get in and out of your garden. Most hedgehogs have a territory of around 10-12 back gardens, so chat with your neighbours and work out a hedgehog friendly plan together.
Grow combinations of evergreen shrubs and flowers and bushes that attract insects and provide cover and shelter. Leaving year-round wood piles both attracts insects and gives hedgehogs a place to build a nest. If you have a pond, make sure there is a gradually sloping side to allow escape. Avoiding the use of insecticdes and slug pellets and offering Hedgehog food will also encourage these wonderful creatures to visit your garden.
And finally, when you use lawnmowers and strimmers to keep your garden neat and tidy, please check you aren’t strimming or mowing down your resident hedgehog.