Species of the Month June 2020

 

Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus

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The hedgehog is an iconic garden species in Britain which is sadly on the decline. Unmistakable, this prickly mammal is a great friend to gardeners thanks to its diet of slugs and other insects. You can encourage hedgehogs into your garden by creating hedgehog highway (i.e. fence gaps to allow free movement), setting up a hedgehog house, providing a clean water source and by putting out supplementary food. This is an excellent time of year to see hedgehogs, as they are active all summer. As they are a nocturnal species, you might like to invest in a trail cam, so you can capture images of them after dark.

If you aren't lucky enough to have hedgehogs in your garden, we are also interested in other records including roadkill - unfortunately one of the more common types of hedgehog sighting. You can see the Welsh distribution of Hedgehog on Aderyn.

If you spot a Hedgehog during June (or at any other time of year), please send us the record, ideally via our Species of the Month form on SEWBReCORD (nb. you will need to be signed into SEWBReCORD to use this link). Instructions on how to submit records are available here.

*COVID 19 note: we do not advocate unnecessary travel for recording purposes during this time of crisis. We still encourage you to look for the Species of the Month, but please do so in a safe, socially distant and local manner, e.g. concentrating on your own garden.*