Hedgehog Awareness Week

Hedgehog Awareness Week is a campaign running between Sunday 6th May and Saturday 12th May, ran by British Hedgehog Preservation Society, and we've got an awesome prize give-away!

This year we're running a prize give-away for everyone logging their hedgehog-friendly gardens on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust hedgehog online map. Record your hedgehog highways (ground level fence holes - 13x13cm), wild areas (log piles, wildflower patches) and hedgehog nest boxes here. This will help us track how hedgehog friendly Ipswich is becoming and identify areas for future action!

All gardens logged from now until May 18th will have a chance of winning a beautifully woven willow hedgehog created and very kindly donated by Jo Hammond, as well as a newly published book 'The Last Hedgehog' written by Pam Ayres. Jo Hammond uses a range of English willow varieties to create beautiful willow structures and traditional baskets. She runs workshops for attendees to forage for their own branches and learn techniques to create their own willow masterpieces. More information about her work and courses can be found on her website here. 'The Last Hedgehog' is a beautifully illustrated book aimed at adults, addressing all of the issues hedgehogs are facing in a hard-hitting and quite emotional way! Click the ‘enter me into the prize draw’ box when logging your garden to be in with a chance of winning!

Woven hedgehog

Woven hedgehog by Jo Hammond

Not sure how to make your garden hedgehog friendly?

Find lots of tips on our website here. If you do just one thing this week, make a hole in your fence! There are lots of ways you can do this; dig under your fence, cut into your fence, heighten the gap under your gate or if you're worried about pets escaping, make a tunnel out of plastic piping or a cinder block. The more gardens that are connected in this way, the better.

Volunteer and become a hedgehog champion

Want to volunteer on our Ipswich hedgehog project or become a hedgehog champion to make your whole street hedgehog friendly? More information here.

Hedgehog machinery stickers

Hedgehogs often nest in areas of long grass and bramble making them vulnerable to garden machinery and habitat clearance. Areas should always be checked first, and a high cut, low cut method enables a check for hedgehogs in between cuts.  Does your organisation or company use grounds machinery? Are you a tool hire company that wants to be hedgehog friendly? You can request hedgehog-awareness machinery stickers from British Hedgehog Preservatoin Society, and be added to their roll of honour! Ipswich companies can also request a free hedgehog ecology workshop by emailing me on hedgehogs@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Come to a hedgehog event!

Learn more about hedgehogs on a night-time ‘torchlight tour’ in search of these enigmatic creatures. You can sign up for this workshop, and other similar events, on the What’s On section of our website here. 


Banner image: CC BY 2.0 Kalle Gustafsson