Jul 082014

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


Yesterday our Hedgehog Street Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show won a gold medal! We’re absolutely chuffed, as is our wonderful designer Tracy Foster.

The garden has already helped us spread the word about gardening with hedgehogs in mind through coverage in the Telegraph, the Mail online and BBC Breakfast. See photos of the garden, and some of the celebs that have visited here.

» Please vote for Hedgehog Street in the People’s Choice Awards! Thank you ☺

If you haven’t already, pledge to make a hole in your garden, then add it to our national map.

All the best,
Hedgehog Officer, PTES

Watch more about the garden on BBC2, 8-9pm tomorrow, including footage of more live ‘hogs in the garden of two of our very own Champions, Paul and Jill Nicholas from Bracknell.

Hedgehog Street is a joint project between People’s Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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PTES 15 Cloisters House 8 Battersea Park Road London SW8 4BG

020 7498 4533 enquiries@ptes.org registered charity number 274206.

BHPS Hedgehog House Dhustone Ludlow Shropshire SY8 3PL
01584 890 801 info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk registered charity number 326885.

 Posted by on July 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Jun 092014

Hedghog House Offer

This offer runs from and includes any orders placed between 9th June – 15th June 2014. For the next week we are offering a FREE 1kg bag of Ark Hedgehog Food Original with any Hedgehog House sold. In addition, we will donate £1 to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to support the Hedgehog Street project.

There is no code or special instructions required. We will automatically include the FREE hedgehog food and donation on your behalf with all qualifying orders.

 Posted by on June 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm
May 292014

I received this letter through by door today from Transport form London, warning about works on the tube line behind my house. As part of the works, they are rebuilding an embankment and have to chop down all the trees and bushes and undergrowth along the line. At any time of the year this would be bad and will destroy an ecosystem that has built up over many years where wildlife can live safely and protected from the majority of human interference.

To destroy and decimate it at this time of the year, right in the middle of birds nesting and at the prime time for hedgehogs and other small mammals to breed is unforgiveable. And that doesn’t even take into account the bats roosting in the trees and the insects and especially pollinating insects that live amongst the wild flowers and weeds alongside the line.


This is the letter I received:

Transport for London
London Underground

London Underground Community Relations
197 Blackfriars Road
Phone 0845 257 7878
Our ref: MWH/CO24 EM6&7


28th May 2014

Dear Sir/Madam,

Embankment stabilisation work: Loughton to Debden

An assessment of sections of the railway embankments bordering the Eastbound Central line between Loughton and Debden stations have shown that parts require strengthening as a matter of priority to ensure that the continued safe operation of the railway. As you live near the worksite we are writing to notify you of the works. London Underground plan to undertake stabilisation works on the embankments by early summer. The two embankments total 450 metres in length and border properties on Chequers Road. The main civil engineering work is scheduled to begin in July 2014 and will take four months to complete but before we can begin it is necessary to clear the embankment of much of the existing vegetation including many of the trees. The stabilisation works cannot be undertaken safely with them in place.

A variety of methods will be employed to stabilise the embankments. Our engineers plan to reduce the angle of the slope, install new drainage at the bottom of the slope (toe) and an access path at the top (crest). Piled retaining walls will be constructed at the top of the slope at a number of locations. This work cannot be done with the existing vegetation and trees in place therefore we will need to fell almost all trees along the proposed worksite. This is essential to facilitate the construction work as we need to move equipment and materials along the toe and slope. Work to remove the vegetation will start during week commencing 2 June and is expected to take four weeks to complete. Our hours of work will be between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Upon completion of the main works the embankment will be covered with seeded topsoil. We will write further in respect of the main works once full details are known.

If you have any queries about these works please contact London Underground Community Relations:

■ Phone: 0343 222 7878 (24 hours)

■ E-mail: communityrelations@tfl.gov.uk

■ Write: London Underground Community Relations, 5th floor, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road London, SE1 8NJ.
Although some noise is unavoidable during such works our contractor will take all reasonably practicable measures to control noise in accordance with the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
Thank you for your understanding while this work is being carried out. Yours faithfully
1111 I CIL
Mark Hart Community Relations Manager London Underground
London Underground Limited trading as London Underground whose registered office is 55 Broadway London SW I H OBD
Registered in England and Wales Company number 1900907
VAT number 238 7244 46 London Underground Limited is a company controlled by a local authority within the meaning of Part V Local Government and Housing Act 1989. The controlling authority is Transport for London.


My reply is:

Your ref: MHW/CO24 EM6&7

Dear Sir

I have just received your letter about these works taking place, that involve total removal of all trees and undergrowth.  We run Epping Forest Hedgehog Rescue based in Chequers Road Loughton, where you are doing this work.

At this time of year hedgehogs are nesting  and giving birth in the undergrowth along the embankments. Hedgehogs  are dying out at a very fast rate, they face imminent extinction, each and every life is very precious because there are so few of them left. We need to do everything we can to save and protect the remaining few.

Once your staff and contractors start work, please instruct them to be very careful and specifically to watch out for hedgehogs curled up in the undergrowth and under the bushes and shrubbery.

If they find a hedgehog, particularly one with babies, do not disturb it or move the nest, but contact us immediately, so we can safely collect both the mother and the babies and get them to a safe location.  If the mother is disturbed she will run off and leave the babies, who will die.

Please instruct your staff to be especially careful using strimmers and cutters. These powerful weapons of mass destruction, injure and kill thousands of hedgehogs and other small animals every year.

Please also be aware of nesting birds in the bushes and shrubbery along the lines. It is illegal to disturb nesting birds and bird’s nests, you have chosen to perform this total destruction of wildlife and wildlife habitats right in the middle of nesting season for birds and peak breeding season for hedgehogs and other small mammals. I am sure that there are bats nesting in the trees along this section of the lines. Bats are frequently seen here.

In an overcrowded and overpopulated country, with no room left for wildlife, please let’s not deny the hedgehogs ( and other wildlife, including pollinating insects) their last wild habitat left, which is along the railway lines. This their only home left.

Please ensure all the staff have our phone numbers, so we can be immediately contacted as soon as any hedgehog is discovered.

Derek Knight


Derek Knight


 Posted by on May 29, 2014 at 7:27 pm
May 252014


Stop Natural England from giving people the right to kill robins and destroy their nests and eggs

Stop Natural England from giving people the right to kill robins and destroy their nests and eggs


Robins have been a part of the British landscape for centuries. They may not be the rarest or most impressive of birds, but they are vital to the ecosystem — and they’re consistently voted the nation’s “favourite garden bird.” But Natural England, an advisory group to the government, recently recommended that citizens be allowed to kill robins, destroy their nests and take their eggs.

You can help to save robins and other birds in England. I just signed a Care2 petition telling Natural England to put a halt on its plan to allow citizens to kill robins indiscriminately. Will you sign too? Here’s a link to the petition:

Thank you!

 Posted by on May 25, 2014 at 6:52 am
May 232014


June is usually the month when most hedgehogs will have their first litter.  The breeding season can run into September.  Some hedgehogs may take a while to get pregnant, others may lose their first litter and those breeding early may have a second litter.


Try to ensure that there is a way in and out of your garden by linking to your neighbours either side and behind.  A small gap is all that is needed in a wall or fence or even a little soil removed so they can get under a fence.  By linking gardens the males will be able to travel further to find and mate with the females.  The males do not remain with the females to help rear the family.  Visit www.hedgehogstreet.org to find out more about linking gardens, Hedgehog Street is a joint project with People’s Trust for Endangered Species.


The hoglets usually come in litters of 4-5 and would leave the nest to forage with their mothers when they are about 4 weeks of age.  They can have more problems moving about because of their size.  While the adults can climb steps with little difficulty the hoglets do not have the reach to climb up steps.  If you have steps in your garden you can help the hoglets by placing a brick at the side of each step.  This will mean they have more steps to climb but each step will be much easier to navigate.


Should you see a dead hedgehog at this time of year it is worth checking the area for signs of orphaned hoglets.  They make a high pitch squeak, like a bird but at ground level.  Keep checking the area for perhaps a week as the orphans may remain in the nest for a few days waiting for mum to return.  Older orphans may struggle by trying to forage for themselves but will eventually become weak and be out more in the daytime.  Any young hedgehogs seen out in the daylight will be a cause for concern so give the BHPS or a local carer a call, they can assess the situation and give appropriate advice.  Do remember that hoglets do not come in ones so keep searching for others.


If you are concerned about any hedgehog that you see contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 (if you can weigh the hedgehog first that is always helpful).  For more information about hedgehogs and how to help them visit the BHPS web site at  www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk

 Posted by on May 23, 2014 at 9:25 am
May 222014

Small and Juvenile Hedgehogs during Autumn and Winter

There has been a lot of misguided, incorrect and dangerous advice published about when a hedgehog needs help or when it can be safely left alone.
In the Autumn and Winter (from about middle of October until the spring) ANY hedgehog weighing less than about 500g should be picked up and help and advice got from a local rescue centre or hedgehog carer.
As a rough guide anything smaller than an average Man’s fist is too small to survive on its own and needs to be taken into care IMMEDIATELY. If it fits in the palm of your hand it is too small to be left on its own.
A hedgehog needs to be a minimum weight of 600g to survive hibernation. Anything under this weight will die.
If you see ANY hedgehogs out in daylight of ANY size, AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR , they will be injured, sick or starving and need our URGENT help so pick it up and ring for help IMMEDIATELY
Small or newly born baby hedgehogs that are hungry or in distress make a noise that sounds like a smoke alarm bleeping. If you hear that noise look carefully & find the babies and call for help

 Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 9:56 am
May 062014
Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 4th-10th May 2014 and hedgehoggy events are being organised all around the country!

Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year.  It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.


This year efforts are focussed on gardeners – there is so much that gardeners can do to help the hedgehog, very simple things like:

  • Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5” square gap).
  • Checking areas before strimming or mowing.
  • Moving piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
  • Ensuring netting is kept at a safe height.
  • Checking compost heaps before digging the fork in.
  • Stopping or reducing the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
  • Covering drains or deep holes.
  • Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.


BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, Said “There is so much the gardener can do to help hedgehogs, and with hedgehog numbers in decline it is more important now than ever.  We have produced a poster highlighting dangers hedgehogs face in our gardens to mark this Hedgehog Awareness Week.”  For a free copy of the poster or for membership details send an A5 sae to BHPS, Garden Dangers, Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, SY8 3PL or see www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk.

Ark Wildlife are running a special campaign for Hedgehog week this year

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 4th to 10th May 2014 and hedgehog events are being organised all around the country!

Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.

Orphaned Baby Hedgehog - Photo Courtesy of WRASTo promote this wonderful cause and raise funds for hedgehog care, Ark Wildlife will donate £1 for each time the word hedgehog appears on a product purchased between 4th – 10th May (i.e. – if you purchase 1x bag of Ark Hedgehog Mix and 1x Hedgehog House = 2 items = £2 donation). All funds raised will help support Hedgehog Street and be distributed to the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Help us help hedgehogs: If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or other social network. Please share our posts and #hog1ove to raise as much money as we can for hedgehog Street this week.

SHOP NOW (we have a vast range of hedgehog related products to choose from):
Ark Hedgehog Food Original
Ark Hedgehog Food Mix
Hedgehog Carer Gift Pack
Hinged Roof Hedgehog House
Hedgehog Bothy
Hedgehog Feeding Station
Hedgehog Dome
Hedgehog Hideaway
Hedgehog Care Home
Hedgehog Snack Bowl
Hedgehog Water Bowl
Hedgehog Bedding

 Posted by on May 6, 2014 at 8:21 am