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Hedgehog awareness week

Posted by British Bird Food 07/05/2014 0 Comment(s)
All this week we are supporting the initiative from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, to make our spiky friends the centre of attention. There are lots of things we can do to make life easier and safer for Hedgehogs. Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5” square gap). Checking areas before strimming or mowing. Moving piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it. Ensuring netting is kept at a safe height. Checking compost heaps before digging the fork in. Stopping or reducing the amount of pesticides and poisons used. Covering drains or deep holes. Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools. As well as the above list, you might like to provide some food, our Hedgehog mix is specially blended for them to enjoy. Most importantly the Hedgehogs need clean fresh water. This time of year Hedgehogs are active in the gardens all over the UK. In towns as well as rural districts. They have woken from their winter hibernation and are searching for food, water and of course a mate. So follows the natural course of events and in a few weeks time we will see the offspring being led by the parents into the safe haven they have come to know and this is the most rewarding part of our garden wildlife watching, when the young are shown where to come for food and water and a safe place to sleep or wander around. We are privileged to witness this and it is a mark of how well you have organised your garden when you are rewarded with this sight. Don't forget you can also provide shelter for them by purchasing hedgehog habitats ready for the summer months and the next hibernation over Winter. [caption id="attachment_3272" align="alignleft" width="150"]Hedgehog food Make sure you provide food and fresh water for your garden visitors.[/caption]

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