Hedgehogs are doing better in towns, than in the country! Why?
What can we do?
We now have large fields growing single crops, and more pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers are used so there are less insects, and hedgehogs rely on insects. Flailing hedges creates gaps at their base, so less hiding places. Hedgehogs travel as far as 2-3 km at night looking for food!
I am told there are two main ways we can help them: have a messy garden – leave wood and leaves and messy corners for them to root around in and hibernate in, and create hedgehog highways – leave gaps so they can get in and out of your garden. I don’t know if this is true, but I was told some of the new estates in Blewbury have special hedgehog holes left in their walls. (?) Check these are not blocked if you have them.