We are Hedgehog Heroes!

Release Date: 07/03/2017

Richmond Council is delighted to announce that they have joined an esteemed list of organisations that have recently been added to the ‘Hedgehog Heroes Roll of Honour’.

The accolade has been bestowed upon the Council by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in recognition of the Council’s commitment to protecting hedgehogs. For organisations to be granted ‘Hedgehog Hero’ status, they must display stickers on items of outdoor equipment, including strimmers and lawn mowers that are used within hedgehog habitat areas. Examples include:

‘Please check area for hedgehogs before using this equipment’.

Helping the hedgehogs doesn’t stop at the stickers. The Council and contractors, Continental Landscapes, have released the following safety tips to ensure our four-legged friends stay sharp. These include:

  • Help hedgehogs avoid man-made hazards
  • Provide them with suitable places to nest over winter
  • Avoid using slug pellets – these are poisonous to hedgehogs
  • Garden ponds and swimming can be death traps for animals: try and keep them covered
  • Hedgehogs can become entangled in tennis court nets and other nets: roll up the net above the ground when not in use
  • Hedgehogs are inquisitive and eat almost anything – they can often be found with their heads stuck in tins and plastic pots that lead to their undoing - keep your garden clear if possible

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“It’s an honour to be a ‘Hedgehog Hero’ Borough and we will continue to do all we can to protect them and all species of animals that live within our natural habitats. The environment is of paramount importance to us and national recognition for all our hard work in relation to this is always greatly received.”

Caroline Gooch, Biodiversity and Community Relationships Co-ordinator from Continental Landscapes, added:

“We’re delighted to have worked with our partners, Richmond Council, to secure our Hedgehog Hero status. At Continental Landscapes we are passionate about the environment and the natural habitats that exist across this borough.”

For all things Hedgehog visit British Hedgehogs or contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society at info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk or call 01584 890801 or write to The British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 3PL

You can view the Hedgehog Hero Roll of Honour.

Updated: 7 March 2017