Hedgehogs are the UK’s most loved mammal, which comes as no surprise to us! These night-time wanderers can be seen (and heard) snuffling about in your garden for beetles, worms, slugs, snails and caterpillars.
While searching for these tasty snacks, a hedgehog can travel between 1-2km a night within a 20-hectare area. That’s a lot of walking for such tiny legs!
However, our hedgehogs are in trouble. Their numbers have fallen by 30% in just over 10 years and there are now thought to be fewer than 1 million left in the UK. There are several reasons why they are struggling to survive in our human landscape: loss of habitat, lack of connecting habitats, road casualties, injuries and lack of food.
They need our help! Connecting the gardens in your neighbourhood with a hedgehog highway, creating hedgehog houses and turning your garden wild to encourage their favourite food sources, are just a couple of ways to help our spikey friends.
Please visit our website for online resources to guide you in making your garden a heaven for hedgehogs and let us know if you see one! Don't forget, if you live in Stockport you can submit your hedgehog sightings to on our Wild Stockport webpage.