A beautiful holly hedge. Evergreen holly makes an excellent hedge that looks good all year round. Holly provides food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. If you're thinking of planting a hedge, ensure that your hedge grows right down to the ground, hedgehogs shelter and often nest under hedges, so this is an important habitat for hedgehogs and other wild animals.
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Strimmers are an enemy of hedgehogs - hedgehogs are frequently injured or killed by strimmers cutting back long grass and vegetation. Hedgehogs are usually sleeping in the day, their nests are very inconspicuous and can easily go unnoticed. It's vital to check any area that you plan to strim thoroughly before starting up your strimmer.
The Living Landscapes: City Twitchers Garden features a pond, complete with water lilies, a chamomile lawn and a stylish pod, woven from willow. This garden also features a hedge, hedges are fantastic for hedgehogs and all wildlife; hedgehogs often nest in hedges and can seek shelter and refuge under a hedge. It's important to ensure that your hedge is allowed to grow right down to the ground, to offer the maximum benefit to hedgehogs and other wildlife.
Leaving a log pile in a quiet area of your garden, will create a habitat for many invertebrates, insects, frogs, toads, hedgehogs and other creatures. Many of us have small areas to garden in, but it's easy to create a woodpile in a quiet corner and leave a pile of autumn leaves for hedgehogs to safely nest in.
An Episyrphus balteatus, also known as a marmalade hoverfly, on Sweet Pea ‘Susan Burgess'. This hoverfly is a beneficial insect - its larvae eat greenfly or aphids. By avoiding using any pesticides in your garden you can encourage natural predators and protect other wildlife like bees, butterflies, ladybirds and hedgehogs.
Every year many hedgehogs are killed by gardeners using slug pellets to control slugs and snails in their gardens. There are many natural, effective alternatives to slug pellets that won't harm hedgehogs and other wildlife, you can find more information here.
Having gaps in your boundary fences is so important for hedgehogs. People often mistakenly believe that if they see a hedgehog in their garden, it just stays happily living in their garden. This simply isn't true, hedgehogs have a large territory and need to be able to travel freely from garden to garden. Making a hole at the very bottom of your fence, or digging underneath to create a little passageway, is a great way to help hedgehogs.