WYMONDHAM: A HEDGEHOG HAVEN
For many people the hedgehog is their favourite mammal, many of us can recall seeing them – if fleetingly – when we were children. They are also a gardener’s best friend.
Wymondham is fortunate, there are hedgehogs in our town and if you are lucky, on a summer or autumn evening, around or soon after dusk you may glimpse one when the Hedge Pigs are foraging under hedges and moving in front gardens.
However, all is not good for hedgehogs:
Hedgehog numbers are in serious decline.
What many people do not realise is that hedgehogs numbers in the UK have fallen so drastically in the last 20 years that they are now officially classified as vulnerable to extinction.
Ever increasing road traffic increases probability of roadkill.
In rural areas, intensive agriculture plus larger fields, fewer hedgerows and undisturbed spaces has drastically reduced their numbers.
Suburban Hedgehogs are also threatened by loss of habitat. As our garden fences and walls have become more secure, the barriers we have created prevent Hedgehogs from accessing our gardens.
However there are plenty of things you can do to help hedgehogs. Please check out the following pages for more on our Hedgehog Haven project along with tips on how to support Wymondham’s hedgehogs:
Wymondham: A Hedgehog Haven is a project to support and promote hedgehogs in our town.
Gardens for Hedgehogs includes tips and advice designed to encourage hedgehogs into Wymondham gardens and ultimately increase the amount of friendly habitat for hedgehogs.
HELP for Poorly Hedgehogs covers what to do if your find a poorly hedgehog and local people or organisations who might be able to help. Remember the golden rule: If you find a hedgehog during Daytime, something is very wrong. Seek Help
Hedgehog stories a few stories from sharing our garden with hedgehogs: the good, the bad and the cheeky!
If you would like more information on anything to do with hedgehogs look at the websites for: British Hedgehog Protection Society or Hedgehog Street, these have campaigns and up to date news on hedgehogs.
Consider becoming a member/supporter of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, it isn’t expensive. They also have an online shop - selling all manner of Hog related products.