The happy hungry hedgehog!

I have had this chap visit my back garden over the last few nights. It was wonderful to see, especially as hedgehog numbers are declining in garden sightings.

Below are some do’s and dont’s I found to help encourage these delightful little creatures.

  • Do leave some areas of wilderness where the hedgehogs can snuffle for insects.
  • Do put out water for drinking.
  • Do put out a bowl of dog food or meaty cat food around dusk.
  • Do install, in a quiet part of the garden, a hedgehog house.
  • Do look to see if your hedgehog is limping or appears to be injured, or in late Autumn look out for underweight hedgehogs
  • Don’t put out bread and milk
  • Don’t pick up fit hedgehogs
  • Don’t leave black sacks lying around.
  • Don’t use slug pellets or other chemicals, they may poison hedgehogs and other animals.
  • Don’t light a bonfire without checking to see if a hedgehog or other wild animal has moved in.
  • Don’t fork over compost heaps in case hedgehogs or other animals have taken up residence.
  • Don’t spray hedgehogs with dog or cat flea sprays. It will be detrimental to the hedgehog.

If you do find a hedgehog in your garden or local area, you can log your findings at :

https://bighedgehogmap.org/holes-for-hedgehogs-home/map-hedgehog-sighting

Assistant Ranger Matt

About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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