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.
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.
Hedgehogs can sadly drown if they enter a pond or garden rill with steep sides, ensuring that your water feature is accessible for hedgehogs and other wildlife, with a shallow slope into, and out of the water will save many hedgehogs lives. Hedgehogs enjoy water and sometimes swim in ponds!
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.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal mammals. Hedgehogs don't want to be confined to a single garden, they have wide territories and need to travel long distances each evening as they look for food. If you are lucky enough to have a hedgehog that visits your garden there are lots of things you can do to both encourage and help hedgehogs.
Leaving piles of fallen leaves in your garden for hedgehogs to nest in will really help hedgehogs. If you're planning a bonfire, it's best to re-site your bonfire before you light it, or to stack your bonfire just as you light it - otherwise hedgehogs see bonfire stacks and start to hibernate inside them - leading to many hedgehogs dying over the popular bonfire period.