|A book about the friendship between a|
mouse and a hedgehog
|A picture booked aimed at helping|
children to sleep
As I write this post and if you're reading this within a couple of weeks of my pressing the publish button, I'm hand rearing six hoglets. So rather than tell you something about picture books I've decided to do something a little different. I'm going to turn you all into hedgehog geeks, so you'll know exactly what to do to help our dwindling hedgehog population. Quick fact: hedgehog numbers in the 1950s-60s were an estimated 30 million. Today that has plummeted to 1 million (a faster loss than the loss of the world's tigers). So here are a few ways you can help our hogs:
|Just a few days old. For scale|
that's a fifty pence under one of them.
- If you have a pond with steep sides then fit a ramp.
- Keep netting at least 15cm (6") off the ground.
- Leave out food and water. This can be special hedgehog food, tinned cat/dog food (non-fishy flavours) but NEVER bread and milk. To avoid cats eating the food buy or make a feeding station.
- Always check under hedges and in long grass before cutting.
- Pick up elastic bands or hair bands, cut up and put into a bin. These and prickles don't mix well.
- To avoid hedgehogs making a nest in your shed/garage, stable or tack room keep the door closed at all times.
- Do not use slug pellets; find safer alternatives.
- Always check a bonfire before you light it.
- Provide shelter by buying or making a hog home.
- Hedgehogs out during the day are highly likely to need medical help a.s.a.p. so contact British Hedgehog Preservation Society for advice.
- Never treat for fleas; pet flea solutions are lethal to hedgehogs.
- During autumn and winter small hedgehogs (under 600 grams) are too small to hibernate, so need to be rescued.
|First taste of puppy food|
If you've reached this far, thanks for reading and please do share this far and wide. Hedgehogs need as many friends as they can get.
Now for a blatant plug:
My latest collection of short stories featuring Hedgehog is available on Amazon in eBook format and as a paperback.
Hedgehog of Moon Meadow Farm