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Top 5 Reasons To Encourage Hedgehogs Into Your Garden
Hedgehogs are beautiful creatures which are often overlooked, mainly because they are nocturnal animals, so generally out of sight and out of mind. But there are many reasons why this should not be the case. In fact, here are 5 reasons why you should encourage hedgehogs into your garden.
1. They are a gardeners friend
A hedgehogs diet consists of mainly insects, including snails, slugs, worms, beetles, caterpillars, millipedes and earwigs, so encouraging them into your garden will help rid you of these garden pests.
2. They are endangered
In the 1950's there were estimated to be over 30 million hedgehogs in the UK. This is estimated to have dropped dramatically to around 1 million.
3. They are super cute!
I mean, have you seen a hedgehog? They are absolutely adorable. They may not be the cuddly animal which humans usually gravitate towards, but there is no denying their beauty.
4. They aren't pests
Hedgehogs do absolutely nothing to ruin your garden or cause any problems. They are a gardens friend, and can be a reason why it is looking so beautiful, thanks to their eating habits.
5. A Fun Project Opportunity
There are many things you can do to attract hedgehogs to your garden, including cutting a hole in your fence, creating a hedgehog home and leaving out treats for them. Children will love creating a hedgehog hideout for their new quilled friends. You can also become hedgehog champions by visiting www.hedgehogstreet.org where you can post pictures of the holes you have made in your fences and even mark where you have seen a hedgehog recently.