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Helping the Community Big and Small

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2020


Helping the Community Big and Small

Help give a hog a home to hibernate in this winter!

We want to ensure that our local community and environment is a thriving place to live and spend our time and that includes the vibrant british wildlife!

With the hedgehog population declining rapidly in the UK, they are now officially classified as vulnerable to extinction making this a crucial time to get involved in protecting them. With most now in hibernation we know the winter months can be tough on our wildlife. 

 

Home-staging advice for Hedgehog Homes

  • When siting the box choose a shady, quiet area of your garden.
  • If the box lacks a tunnel entrance, try to include an interior tunnel or dividing wall to prevent predators such as badgers or foxes from getting to the hedgehog with their paws.
  • We recommend using untreated wood for hedgehog homes. Wood from certain softwood tree specied grown in the UK, such as larch, Douglas-fir and red cedar have excellent durability as exterior timbers. Pre-treated wood can contain chromated copper arsenate (CCA) compounds that are hazardous to many species. PTES promote the use of locally grown timber which encourages good woodland management practices. 
  • Consider rigging up a trail camera to keep an eye on who's about.

*tips from https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs/hedgehogs-homes/

Tips for Hibernating Chic 

We all want to make the best decor for our homes and well, a hedgehog is no different! While you can make your own with the help of charity Hedgehog street here :

https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Hedgehog-Street-Hedgehog-houses-instructions-2018.pdf if you're looking to purchase a home for a hog as a unique and interesting Christmas present for a loved one there are some fantastic homes here: 

https://www.arkwildlife.co.uk/category/wildlife-care/hedgehog-houses/