10 tips to make your garden hedgehog-friendly
BioLife is an initiative to promote the garden as an important part of supporting biodiversity. As part of our vision for working towards zero accidents involving small animals, the initiative both showcase how we use innovations to advance biodiversity as well as share tips for how you can help. See some tips from Dr. Sophie Lund Rasmussen below.
- Put out water and food (cat food is a good option for hedgehogs) and make sure to keep good hygiene around the feeding station.
- Build nests for hedgehogs by creating a wild corner in your garden with garden waste or piles of leaves or logs.
- Make sure to check the areas carefully before trimming and the same goes for your compost heap before you dig the fork into it.
- Make a hedgehog highway by building tunnels or paths between gardens away from the street.
- Attract biodiversity to your garden to provide natural food items for hedgehogs (e.g. wildflower seeds, insect hotels).
- Make ponds and pools safe by ensuring there is an easy route out.
- Stop using pesticides and chemicals.
- Cover deep holes and drains or ensure an easy way out.
- Make sure netting is kept safe and that there is no litter that can harm animals.
- Be careful with bonfires and move the pile to a new site on the day you are burning it.
A recent study from the University of Oxford on the danger of robotic lawn mowers to hedgehogs, highlights the vast differences in safety levels between robotic mowers. The robotic mowers from Husqvarna performed well in the test, as they amongst other safety features are all equipped with lightweight (3 g) pivoting blades.
Read the whole press release here