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Maldon District Council Have Become Hog Heroes

Published on Friday, 8th October 2021

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Maldon District Council are pleased to support the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) in protecting hedgehogs native to the UK. 

Founded in 1982, their campaigns, advocacy and educational projects help raise awareness of the practical steps we can all take to help reverse the decline of hedgehogs in the wild, improve their welfare and safeguard the future of this much loved animal.

In rural areas, hedgehogs live along woodland edges and hedgerows in meadowland and rough pasture. Our cemeteries are ideal homes for hedgehogs and we have found evidence of them living in Maldon cemetery.

The Council’s Cemetery Team have joined the scheme to become “Hog Heroes” and are displaying stickers on the grass cutting machinery to remind them to look out for our friends who will begin hibernating soon.

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Cllr Wendy Stamp, Leader of Maldon District Council, said “I am pleased that we have signed up to support the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in their awareness campaign. As hedgehogs head into hibernation, please be mindful of our little friends this November if you are celebrating bonfire night, and always check for who might be taking up camp!”

Between November and the end of March, when food is scarce, hedgehogs hibernate to conserve energy, remaining largely inactive. We have been placing hedgehog homes and feeding stations in quiet areas of the cemetery and hope to monitor their activity and encourage more to take up residence! 

During the rest of the year, they are mostly nocturnal, moving over areas up to 1-2km in a single night.

Hedgehogs also love gardens, and fortunately there are around half a million hectares of garden in the UK. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to spot one in your garden? 

Debbie Horrey, Cemeteries & Bereavement Services Senior Co-ordinator, found a juvenile hedgehog in her own garden and with some advice from the Council’s Countryside & Coast Manager, Matt Wilson, fed and watered him before taking him to be cared for at an animal sanctuary until he grows a bit bigger! 

Autumn juvenile hedgehogs are ones that are old enough to be away from their mothers but too small to hibernate.  The autumn juvenile season can start as early as September and is busy through to the end of November.

You can find out more from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) The British Hedgehog Preservation Society - The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (britishhedgehogs.org.uk)

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