Yesterday they created an exciting morning of activities for families to learn about a hedgehog
-friendly fruit and vegetable garden as well as giving tips on how to help hedgehogs
in their own gardens.
Improving your gardens for invertebrate groups will encourage hedgehogs
into the garden, as insects, slugs, snails and earthworms are the hedgehog
's natural food source," said Helen Bostock, RHS senior horticultural adviser.
As well as feeding on slugs and snails, hedgehogs
also eat groups of beetles, caterpillars, earthworms and even birds' eggs, as well as meat-based dog and cat food, or dry hedgehog
food available from garden centres and online.
So in the month which celebrates Hedgehog
Awareness Week you and your family may wish to help our prickly friends out.
officer Simon Thompson, who is in charge of the new 220-acre reserve, said: "We're going to be working with residents and landowners to try to get them to think about the way they manage their land and gardens for hedgehogs
improvement area" is being established in Solihull, West Midlands, centred on a 90 hectare (220 acre) reserve for hedgehogs
, which are under threat nationally from development and the loss of hedgerows and other habitat.
A 220-acre reserve will be run by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and funded by the British Hedgehog
Crespo's 4-year-old son, Wyatt, sat on the sofa in their home recently, his arm wrapped around the neck of a German shepherd named Ares while an African pygmy hedgehog
named Jambalaya clambered across his legs.
In the Midlands the situation is so bleak that Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is taking the issue to schools and community groups while monitoring hedgehog
sightings to paint a clearer picture of the region's hedgehog
There is so much that gardeners - young and old - can do to help the hedgehog
, very simple things like: | Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is five-inch square gap).
Shrinking natural habitats over the last half century are believed to be the principal cause of the dwindling numbers, says the British Hedgehog
Though the hedgehog
is one of the most familiar animals in Europe where they are also well studied, they have not attracted much attention in the Middle East, including Qatar, notwithstanding that there are twice as many hedgehog
species in the region than in Europe.