How to protect hedgehogs this Bonfire Night

 

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is celebrated on 5th November each year with displays of twinkling fireworks and crackling bonfires at local events and shared gatherings at home. It’s super important to make sure we all keep safe with the nature of these attractions, looking out for the safety of each other as well as our local wildlife.

 

Our Autumn/Winter ‘21 Frugi x National Trust collection was inspired by nocturnal woodland creatures, especially a frequent garden visitor; the humble hedgehog! We’ve teamed up with our fellow National Trust brand partners, CJ Wildlife (part of the Vivara group), to provide you with some helpful information on how to protect our prickly pals.

 

National Trust Hedgehog House can be purchased from the CJ Wildlife website

 

 

“Hedgehogs live mainly in dense vegetation, in overgrown gardens and parks, as well as uncut hedgerows and ditches. If you are lucky enough to see a hedgehog in your garden you should find that you have repeat visits as they are known to use fixed routes. Dusk and night time are peak times for hedgehogs and this is often when they go on the hunt for food. Each night a hedgehog will wander between 3 and 5km in search for food.”

 

It’s a well known fact that hedgehogs are hibernating creatures, so from late October/early November they go into hibernation mode! Their main goal before this period is to forage for as much food as possible as they need to build up extra fat reserves in order to survive the winter. Bonfire Night happens just as hedgehogs are beginning to hibernate so that's why its super important to look out for them if you're preparing a bonfire. Learn more about how to care for hedgehogs below!

Hedgehog Safety Tips for Bonfire Night
  • Always check bonfires for hibernating hedgehogs. To do this, move the bonfire before lighting it to give any wildlife a chance to escape.
  • Leave a pile of leaves in your garden which will attract insects and grubs as well as provide valuable warm bedding for them to snuggle up in.
  • Provide a Hedgehog House – either a shop bought or homemade one. This offers a cosy and safe spot for them to hibernate.
  • Make your garden pond safe! Hedgehogs can get stuck in ponds and sadly drown, to ensure this doesn’t happen, make sure there is a ramp for them to get out.
  • Avoid using slug pellets as hedgehogs can eat poisoned slugs and snails and become very ill.
  • Provide fresh water for the wildlife in your garden and avoid feeding hedgehogs milk as this can often upset their stomachs.
  • Feed your garden visitors, hedgehogs enjoy meaty dog or cat food as well as specialist hedgehog food. Remember: never leave out milk or bread for hedgehogs.
  • Offer hedgehogs the freedom to roam by creating holes in solid fences to help them travel between gardens. An approx. 13cm hole is all they require.
  • Try not to disturb hedgehogs between November and April when they’re hibernating.
  • Garden with wildlife in mind – they can be killed and injured by lawn mowers, strimmers or other power tools, always check the area you’re gardening first.

If you're looking for supplies to hedgehog-proof your garden, check out the CJ Wildlife website HERE. Find the National Trust wildlife products HERE.

Meet Frugi’s Hedgehog Friends

We’ve got our very own nocturnal friends in the garden of Tracy, our Financial Director here at Frugi! Meet… Quill.i.am and Amy Spinehouse, who have taken up residence in Tracy’s garden at home - spot them in the video having a mooch around! Although they are wild creatures, they have taken a fancy to the cosy shelter she's provided and visit on a regular basis to enjoy the refreshments she leaves out for them. If you’d like to follow the adventures of Quill.i.am and Amy Spinehouse, check out their Instagram page HERE!