Did you know Britain’s only spiny mammal has around 6,000 creamy-brown spines on its coat? And we’re sharing this fact because it’s Hedgehog Awareness Week! Organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), the week is host to hedgehoggy events across the country with the aim to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.
Research suggests we have lost over half our hedgehogs from our countryside since the millennium alone and have lost a third from our towns and cities.
At BU, let’s raise awareness of hedgehog protection in the tastiest (and most isolation-friendly) way we can: hedgehog-inspired baking! Whether you spike up your brownies or bake some hedgehog bread rolls, we want to see your bakes. Get the whole household involved to make some treats and share our love for our spiky friends this week. You can send your bakes to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see and share them!
What can I do to protect hedgehogs?
Hedgehogs can roam on average around 2km every night in search of food and a mate and a large reason for their declining numbers is a huge loss of connectivity between green spaces due to gardens becoming more secure and isolated, and a loss of green space itself. Don’t worry, we’re not telling you to knock your fences down! Here are 8 simple actions we can take to help hedgehogs:
- Join over 7000 Hedgehog Champions across the country to protect hedgehogs in your local area
- Make a ‘Hedgehog Highway’ by creating a 13cm hole in your garden parameter. Ensuring hedgehogs can pass freely through your garden is the most important thing you can do to help them.
- British gardens are becoming poorer homes for wildlife with increased paving, decking and reduced plant life. Protect your green spaces.
- Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming and stop or reduce your use of pesticides and poisons.
- Create a log pile that will offer shelter and food and cover drains or deep holes.
- Build a Hedgehog Home
- Cover drains or deep holes.
- With summer coming, leave out a dish of fresh water on hot nights.
If you’d like to get involved in helping raise awareness of hedgehogs on campus, contact the Sustainability Team on Twitter, Facebook or email who are looking to set up a working group in order to become a Hedgehog Friendly Campus.