Wyre Forest District Council is supporting Hedgehog Awareness Week by reminding residents to take extra care when using garden machinery.
This year, National Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 1 – 7 May. Organised annually by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) it aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help them.
This year, efforts are focussed on strimmers and cutting machines as every year there are many hedgehog injuries and deaths caused by garden machinery.
Alan Breen, Landscape Officer at Wyre Forest District Council said:
“We can all do at least one thing to make our gardens hedgehog friendly. As well as checking areas before cutting there are other things we can do to help.
These include ensuring there is hedgehog access in your garden – a 13cm x 13cm gap in boundary fences and walls will do the trick. You could move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning and ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
Always check compost heaps before digging the fork and stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used. Don’t forget to cover drains or deep holes and make sure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.”
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is doing lots of things throughout National Hedgehog Week, so if you want to do even more to help visit www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk.