Clerk: Mrs Joanna Noles
26 Church Street, Church
Piece, Charlton Kings
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
GL53 8AR

Help Make Charlton Kings More Hedgehog Friendly!

Help Make Charlton Kings More Hedgehog Friendly!

The Hedgehog Way project is working to raise awareness of hedgehogs, encouraging people to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly, but also to find out where hedgehogs are in Charlton Kings, which gardens they use and do we need to make more 'hedgehog highways' through gardens to allow them to move around better and find food and hibernation sites.

Garden surveys throughout Spring and Summer have helped us establish where hedgehogs are. We now need to know if residents have any entrance points for hedgehogs to get into their garden. This could be any gap under a fence or gate that is big enough for a hedgehog to get through (approximately 13cm square or the size of a CD case). If you haven't, could you look at creating one? Hedgehogs can travel around 2km per night in search of food, and in the winter need to access suitable areas for making a hibernation nest (ideally sprawling bramble, with a mix of broad leaves on the floor to make a nest). So they need access through gardens to get to suitable areas. Check around your garden, could you make it hedgehog friendly, could you make access points between yours and your neighbours garden? Please record your all of your hedgehog highways using this link, so we can get a picture of the connections for hedgehogs across Charlton Kings. Please log all holes, new and existing - www.mapwort.com/hedgehogway/holes.html

More info on hedgehogs can be found here - www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/blog/help-save-hedgehogs-winter

For more advice contact – Nicola.Simpson@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Posted: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:35 by Joanna Noles

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