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Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from April 30th to 6th May 2023.

The awareness week is arranged by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in the UK and takes place every year. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.

We have put together our top five tips to take care of our small and spiky garden friends!

1. Providing Shelters

 

 

You can create a safe space for hibernating hedgehogs with natural resources! A log or leaf pile can provide a cosy hideout. Or if you have the space, why not devote a corner of your garden to letting wildlife grow to create a natural den. You can also purchase ready built hedgehog hotels from most of our stores!

2. Hedgehog Highways

Hedgehogs travel at night between gardens. You can provide a safe Hedgehog Highway by creating a gap at the bottom of boundary fences. This allows Hedgehogs to roam freely between habitats without getting stuck in one place.

3. Safety Checks

Make sure to check for Hedgehogs when clearing your garden. This includes checking bonfire piles before lighting, long grass before mowing/strimming and leaf piles before raking.

4. Covering drains

Garden drains can pose a serious risk to Hedgehogs if left uncovered. You can close any open drains with a cover that won’t allow for Hedgehogs to fall through and get stuck whilst still allowing water through.

5. Feed & Water Stations

You can help supplement a Hedgehog’s diet by providing fresh food and water stations. Water is especially important during the hot summer months.

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Brambles Pet and Wildlife hedgehog food is available in all of our stores now. 100% safe for hedgehogs to eat and containing the correct ratios of calcium to phosphorous as well as offering great nutritional benefits to the animal. Their wildlife foods have been developed based on a scientific approach to nutrition and are widely used by Wildlife Rescues all over the UK. All of their products are made in Great Britain.

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