Apr 7, 2020 —
First, THANK YOU - for the hundreds of birthday greetings you sent to my boy, Pip - we read through them all and he was beaming. We also ended up with the street coming out at 7pm to sing Happy Birthday to him from their drives and doorways ... which ... on top of the new computer made for quite a special day.
But to business - many of us are at home for an extended period for the first time and we may be looking around for things to do to help our favourite animals. So here are a few top tips.
Not everyone has a garden - but everyone who is on here has access to a computer or phone and the internet - please make it your mission to push this out to as many people as you know. The selling points are many - not only are we laying down great groundwork for when politicians return to think about other things - but also you will be in receipt of occasional moments of joy through the updates (like today's picture - painted by my dear friend Debbie Lomas as a card for Pip's birthday ... she does not have an internet presence - but I am trying to persuade her to build one - her work is very special).
For those lucky enough to have a garden, you will have, by now, had a chat with your neighbour about making sure there are holes in fences - good fences make good neighbours! There are many ingenious ways of creating highways - have a rummage through the Facebook group for ideas (there are over 6,000 people sharing solutions). And also log onto the Hedgehog Street campaign as well - in my eyes you are already a 'hedgehog champion' - but you can formalise it with them!
Have you got a corner of the garden you could leave to go a little wild? All this time might make you feel keen to manage every corner, but so much wildlife benefits when we kick out the cult of tidiness! What plants might help attract wildlife? Because hedgehogs do not live in isolation (unlike us!) - they need a robust ecosystem to support them. May I suggest you pay a visit to Paul's amazing work (I have no vested interest in this business - I just happen to know he is an honest and good person) - Meadow in My Garden.
Finally, for now, please take care when working in your garden. Each year I get sent such tragic photos of hedgehogs injured by garden equipment. I understand that not everyone wants to, or can, have a garden entirely wild - and there needs to be some order maintained - but when out with a strimmer, in particular, please check before you head into the vegetation. Because the hedgehog has no fight or flight response, when it hears the onrush of noise, it will roll into a ball... with potentially tragic consequences.
Thank you again for all your support - both for this campaign, and also personally, as shown through the comments that follow the updates - especially the ones directed at Pip! Please stay safe, stay well and stay home (where you can) - the hedgehogs need heroes like you!
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