Hedgehog help

How you can help hedgehogs at home

WildNet - Tom Marshall

Hedgehogs are in decline, but there are many things we can do to help them

The Wildlife Trusts have produced a booklet that gives lots of useful advice about what you can do to help hedgehogs in your garden and in your community.

Download your copy here

In 2017 London Wildlife Trust launched a project called Urban Urchins which aims to map London's hedgehog population and promote awareness of their plight among Londoners. For more information click here.

What's caused hedgehogs to decline in the capital?
 

  • Lifeless gardens: increased paving, artifical lawns, decking, and tidier and less natural gardens in general, all contribute to the loss of London's hedgehog habitat;
  • Barriers to movement: more fences and busier roads make it harder for hedgehogs to hunt for food - and find a mate - while also making movement more dangerous;
  • Decline in prey: with falls in the numbers of many of the small animals that hedgehogs eat, such as beetles and slugs (caused in large part by the use of pesticides and slug pellets), there is an inevitable knock-on effect.

We know that creating a city with healthy, connected wildlife habitats is the essential first step in helping our local hedgehog population recover. But we can't do it alone - everyone who lives in London has a part to play.

Hedgehog eating

Credit Gillian Day 

Ten simple steps to helping hedgehogs in London

  1. In gardens or community spaces, create habitats such as rough grassland, scrub, hedges, shallow ponds, log piles and compost heaps;
  2. Create 'hedgehog highways' by simply cutting a hedgehog-sized hole (13x13cm) in your fences;
  3. Build a hedgehog home, using a waterproof box and organic material, where hedgehogs can hibernate in winter;
  4. Let your garden grow wild to encourage slugs and beetles and other tasty insects;
  5. Set up a feeding station offering meaty pet food and water;
  6. Remove litter, which harms all kinds of wildlife;
  7. Keep domestic drains covered, as hedgehogs can fall into them and get stuck;
  8. Check bonfires before lighting, ideally building them on the same day they are lit;
  9. Keep your green areas green by avoiding paving, decking, and artificial lawns
  10. Support our work helping hedgehogs by becoming a member of London Wildlife Trust.

Download a booklet explaining how to help hedgehogs in more detail

Baby hedgehog

Baby hedgehog credit Gillian Day

Found an injured hedgehog?
 

Unfortunately we are unable to help, but if you have found an injured hedgehog, or are concerned about a hedgehog which is out during the daytime, please contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801.