The Greenheart was built with the protection of animals, such as hedgehogs, as one of the top priorities. It is a hedgehog sanctuary and supports a number of other animals such as bats and swallows.
Today is the final day of hedgehog awareness week, and we wanted to share with you some of the best ways to help hedgehogs in your everyday life. In recent years there has been a decline in the number of hedgehogs in rural and urban areas, so we want to do everything we can to change that.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) helps care for sick and injured hedgehogs and rehabilitated them into the wild. They have some great ideas on how to help hedgehogs, so if you want to know more, check out their website here.
If you want to help more hedgehogs – and you have a garden – one way is to offer them food. The best food to offer them is dog or cat food that is meaty, or complete cat biscuits. You should not let them drink anything other than water.
If you see a hedgehog out in the daylight, have a closer look. Hedgehogs are naturally nocturnal, and often when healthy do not come out at night. If you see a hedgehog looking like it is sunbathing, the BHPS advises that the hedgehog is in need of urgent help. To help the hedgehog, pick it up (while wearing gloves) and put it into a high sided box with a blanket at the bottom and keep it warm. You can feed it, too. Call 01584 890 801 if you ever see a hedgehog that you think might be in need of help.
There are other simple ways to help hedgehogs too, such as putting gaps in your fences (about the size of a CD case) to let the hedgehog pass through easily and covering any deep holes that might be in the garden. If you’re ever mowing the grass, always check that there are no hedgehogs before you begin.
Additionally, you can build a hedgehog home in your garden. This is especially good for spaces that do not have a lot of greenery. There are instructions here. Overbury, the construction company working on the Medical School right now have done exactly that, and have installed a hedgehog home on the site!
Image: Overbury Twitter
The Conservation Society have also been doing a lot for this week. You might have seen them around campus raising money for hedgehogs with their bake sales. Their hedgehog cupcakes are adorable!