These delightful baby hedgehogs were filmed earlier today by village resident, Dave Shaw– just before he started his lawnmower up. Dave and his wife Ann have named them John, Paul, George and Ringo 🙂
Considered a gardener’s best friend, hedgehogs will happily hoover up slugs roaming in vegetable beds. Famously covered in spines, hedgehogs like to eat all sorts of bugs, but especially slugs and crunchy beetles. They are most active at night and hibernate over winter from around November to April, usually choosing to nest in piles of leaves or logs.
Locally, several hedgehog sightings have been reported at both sides of Fullers, in Redlands Lane and by the White Lion. More than one Fullers resident have even made accommodation for their regular nocturnal visitors.
You can expand your knowledge of our native hedgehogs at:
The British Hedhehog Preservation Society – Click HERE.
On Saturday 30th October, the Dorset Mammal Group are holding a talk and slideshow on hedgehogs at the Public Hall (Skyrm room) in Beaminster. Free admission and refreshments are available.
Hedgehogs are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework.
IUCN Red List for British Mammals – vulnerable to extinction.
This chap was photographed in a back garden at Fullers, Broadwindsor last week and another Fullers resident reported observing a family of hedgehogs walking across his garden 🙂 This is marvellous news as hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% in just over 10 years.
The Dorset Wildlife Trust are conducting another survey (Previous survey was Nov 2020). On submission of your answers they will email you a 16-page Guide to Helping Hedgehogs to say thank you.
*If you completed their hedgehog survey in 2020, they’d love to hear from you again with your 2021 sightings.
Now the hedgehog has been listed as vulnerable to extinction in the UK, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society are calling on the Government to move hedgehogs to schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to allow them greater protection. At the time of publishing, they have just over 60,000 signatures of their 100,000 target. (At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament).
There were sightings of a Hedgehog at the top of Fullers last week. Have you seen one?
The Dorset Wildlife Trust report that Hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30% in just over 10 years. Please help them understand more about Dorset’s hedgehogs by completing their two minute survey. Click HERE.
On submission of the survey they will email you a 16-page Guide to Helping Hedgehogs to say thank you, so that you can help hedgehogs in your garden and local community.