Our look at Hedges and Hedgehogs ends with 3 dangers they face – even as they prepare for hibernation. And don’t forget to check bonfires on the 5th.
HEDGES AND HEDGEHOGS: PONDS
While hedgehogs can (and do) swim, they will fall into a pond far more easily than they can then climb out. Ponds are favoured watering holes. So, if you have a pond, make sure that there is an escape ramp of gravel, stones and/or branches placed close together. Newts, frogs and toads also need help getting out – they are amphibians but come the autumn, they leave the water to over-winter on land.
HEDGES AND HEDGEHOGS: NETTING
Garden netting is essential for any grower of legumes and/or soft fruit. But while it generally deters birds without trapping them, hedgehogs are far more likely to become entwined and trapped. Ideally, therefore, netting should be fixed around six inches off the ground so Hedgehogs can wander safely under. If you feel that leaves too good an opportunity for birds to get in, then check daily. Please, though, once the harvest is in raise or remove all netting.
HEDGES AND HEDGEHOGS: DAYWATCH
Hedgehogs are nocturnal and should not be around during the day. If you do see a hedgehog when the sun is up, contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society for advice.