Report Your Hedgehog Sightings

native hedgehogIt is hedgehog awareness week every week for me, and as a conservation officer in the borough of Richmond, I am keen to get as many people interested in this as I can.

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Nature’s Gym want to focus on encouraging people to do all they can to improve areas for hedgehogs, for example, in allotments, gardens and schools.  So we have set up a group called The Erinations which anyone can join or get involved with for free.
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We want to improve awareness on alternative pesticide control, so using beer traps rather than slug pellets (as hedgehogs and birds will be killed by secondary poisoning from eating the slugs/snails that have eaten the pellet..whether the pellets are organic or not..most commercial products are toxic… this will make pet dogs and cats very ill too). Chemical sprays are another factor that can cause serious harm to animals, insects and us!
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Many of us are used to using these products in our gardens (such as round-up and slug pellets) and on our allotments, but Nature’s Gym would like to help encourage people to use natural methods. We want to inspire people to make their gardens and allotments hedgehog friendly with wild areas for cover and gaps to move from one place to the other. Green roofs, bridges and underpasses would also help to connect up our green spaces on a larger scale.
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If you would like to help keep a look out for any hedgehogs or know of anyone who would, or join The Erinations hedgehog group, please contact me with any sightings or information. Thank you!

Tel: 07825860459

 

You can also map your hedgehog sightings with the Environment Trust here: http://www.environmenttrust.co.uk/hedgehogs

 


 hedgehog richmond times
I read part of this book to a number of school groups. I advise school groups aged 9 upwards to read the following book by R. Becket, it is a fantastic fictional story about Erin the Hedgehog (this book is a good read for adults too!), as it provides us with an understanding of the difficulties that a hedgehog may encounter in a world of humans, and will Erin be the last hedgehog? Find out here:
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