The last hedgehog in Worcestershire?

Hedgehog (c) Richard BowlerHedgehog (c) Richard Bowler

There are 95% decline fewer hedgehogs now than there were in the 1950s and some experts predict they could be extinct in the next ten years! We need your help to find out how Worcestershire's hedgehogs are doing...

Hedgehog cartoonHedgehogs live in gardens, woodland edges, hedgerows, grasslands, parks and cemeteries and can travel between 1-2km every night. So if you're lucky enough to see one in your garden, it will be visiting all of your neighbours too.

Hedgehogs are particularly fond of slugs and snails so if you've got a garden they should be your best friend. They're also partial to beetles, earthworms and caterpillars; if you want to see hedgehogs you’ll need lots of creepy crawlies!

Hoggy signs

You may not always see a hedgehog so how would you know if you've got one in your garden?  Hedgehogs that are out in the daytime aren't well so please call your nearest rescue centre.

Hedgehog footprints (c) Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Footprints
Footprints are easier to see if they visit somewhere that's a bit muddy - especially if it's near where they feed.  Or you can make your own mammal footprint trap.

Hedgehog poo

 

 

 

Poo
You could also have a look for hedgehog poo! It’s quite distinctive and looks a bit like a dark slug.

 

 

 

 

 

You may even hear hoggies grunting.  Any of these signs will indicate that you've had a hedgehog visit your garden, so please tell us on the form below.

Helping hedghogs

Hedgehogs need things to eat, safe places to sleep and paths to move along. So why not...

  • grow plants that will attract the food they like
  • leave some wilder places in your garden such as log piles or slightly longer grass
  • leave a leaf pile as there will be lots of lovely creepy crawlies in it for them to munch
  • create a hedgehog highway by cutting a hole in your fence - and get your neighbours to do the same
  • build a hedgehog home
  • leave places for hedgehogs to hibernate

There are also things that you can do to keep hedgehogs safe...

  • check any bonfire before you set fire to it as they are a perfect place for a hoggies to sleep or hibernate
  • check your longer grass before strimming as this now accounts for a lot of hedgehog injuries

Check out our hints and tips to help make your garden more wildlife-friendly.  Or why not download our Wild About Gardens Week booklet full of hedgehog hints and tips (5MB).

We know that hedgehog numbers are decreasing but if we all do one thing such as cutting a hole in our fence, we can make a difference. If you’re able to do lots of things, that’s even better.

If you're not already a member of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, then why not join us and help us to provide habitats for hoggies on our nature reserves as well as spread the word to other people!

Let’s not let the last hedgehog in Worcestershire disappear.

 

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