I was recently invited to Allan and Anita’s house in Cawthorne to see their hedgehog friendly garden and to talk about their work rescuing hedgehogs.
The garden was long and narrow and had everything a hedgehog needs. It had lots of little areas with a very natural feel, and no pesticides or slug pellets anywhere. Allan and Anita have several regular hedgehog visitors. They have also looked after poorly ones in their house on several occasions, then let them loose when they have built up their strength.
They have managed to make a garden that is tidy and pleasant, but has lots of shrubs and undergrowth to provide shelter. There is water available in a bird bath and Allan and Anita leave food out near the house so they can watch the hedgehogs and see that all is well.
Instead of an ‘untidy’ corner for hedgehogs, they have a lovely hedgehog house. You can see that Allan has placed a couple of light twigs across the entrance so he can see whether anyone has visited in the night.
As is often the case, a garden that is good for hedgehogs is good for other wildlife too. This old pan hanging on the fence has a robin nesting inside it, which flies in and out between the fence panels.
Allan also booked us a Hogwatch stall at the Tour de Yorkshire, where we got 15 new watchers, a few sightings reported and some useful contacts.
If you have a hedgehog that needs a bit of help, you can contact Allan on 01226 791972. He can help if they need a safe place and feeding up. However, if you see a hedgehog that is injured or looks very poorly, there is more information about what to do on our Poorly Hedgehogs page.