Photo: Alan Baldry
In Neighbourhood Watch we tend to think about people and property, but our Neighbourhood includes much more than this. Wild animals are our neighbours too and they need our help!
We all recognise a hedgehog but did you know that they are declining in numbers faster than the tiger worldwide?
If you want to find out how to make a difference take a look at the superb Hedgehog Street web site which is full of advice and ideas to help our hedgehogs.
Put out food for hedgehogs in the garden and they will eat it.
The hedgehog’s natural diet mainly consists of slugs, ground beetles, caterpillars and worms. During cold or dry periods, these creepy-crawlies become much scarcer in gardens, so hedgehogs will benefit hugely from a shallow dish of water and supplementary feeding.
Picture: Grahame Ritchie
The best way to provide a nesting option for hedgehogs is by creating a natural feature, such as a compost heap or log pile, as this has the added benefit of encouraging insect prey too. Artificial hedgehog houses (or hibernacula) are also used by hedgehogs and can be really fun to make.
Picture: Jo Edwards