Help hedgehogs thrive in East Devon

PUBLISHED: 11:09 22 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:09 22 April 2016

EDDC's countryside team are showing people how to help hedgehogs

EDDC's countryside team are showing people how to help hedgehogs

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Countryside experts will be giving advice on how to help hedgehogs thrive on Sunday, May 1 as part of Hedgehog Awareness Week.

Countryside experts will be giving advice on how to help hedgehogs thrive on Sunday, May 1, as part of Hedgehog Awareness Week.

East Devon District Council’s countryside team will be on hand to offer their expertise.

The week is run by the Hedgehog Preservation Society and aims to highlight the problems faced by hedgehogs and encourage the public to help them.

Trainee Ranger, Laura Goble said: “Baby hedgehogs, known as ‘hoglets’ are born in May, June and July.

“As babies are born, their habitats and food supply become even more vital, so now is the perfect time to take action and encourage hedgehogs into your garden.

“As nocturnal animals it is a good sign if you do not see hedgehogs during the day, but keep an eye out on your garden lawn during dusk and at night and you may be lucky enough to spot one.”

People can introduce some simple ways to help hedgehogs such as:

• Leaving piles of old leaves and wood for hedgehogs to use as their home – if you plan to have a bonfire, check for hedgehogs before lighting any waste

• Cutting small holes in the bottom of garden fences allows hedgehogs to move between gardens for food and shelter

• Leaving a shallow bowl of water and cat food, dried mealworm or crushed sunflower hearts for hedgehogs to eat and drink (never feed hedgehogs milk or bread)

• Avoiding slug pellets and other pesticides which cause illness to hedgehogs

If anyone spots a hedgehog in their garden they can record it on the Hedgehog Street website, a campaign which aims to ensure hedgehogs do not become endangered. The link is http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/

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