Hedgehog Awareness Week: 4th – 10th May 2014


We are very lucky to have an array of hedgehogs in Garvald. A couple were spotted on the green last night. It would be great if they were a breeding pair with hoglets on the way …


… As you may have read or heard in the media, the species is under great threat. Yes, cars are responsible for a large number of hedgehogs’ deaths – but gardens are also an increasingly deadly environment. This year, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society is asking gardeners to do all they can to help the conservation effort, particularly:

  • 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; and
  • Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.

There is a vast amount of additional information on the charity’s website, so please click on the link above and have a wee read. Methinks our prickly friends deserve five minutes of your browsing time!