Planting for hedgehogs
Hedgehogs are gardeners’ best friends because they eat common pests such as slugs and snails.
Hedgehogs prefer to live in unspoilt areas. By leaving an area of your garden to grow wild you will help to attract them as well as other wildlife. Planting a combination of evergreen shrubs and bushes will also provide year round shelter for hedgehogs.
During winter they will build a nest in order to create somewhere to hibernate. The nests will usually be made in sheltered areas such as bonfires, compost heaps, log piles and sheds, which are positioned away from north winds.
An alternative option is to provide a nesting box, which should help to encourage hedgehogs to stay in your garden. The boxes should be placed in a quiet spot, sheltered by ground cover plants.
If you do have hedgehogs visiting your garden, never use chemical-based slug pellets on your property, as these are toxic and could harm a hedgehog.
*Image credit: British Hedgehog Preservation Society.