10 steps to a more hedgehog-friendly garden
At Husqvarna, we believe the garden should be a beautiful space for you to enjoy. But we also believe it should cater to the creatures that call your garden home – and the ones who just occasionally stop by! We launched the BioLife initiative to promote the garden as an important component of supporting your local biodiversity. We also have a commitment towards zero accidents involving our products and small animals.
- 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