Why Willows Hedgehog Rescue?
To create a better world, GreenEcoBox decided to join the non-profit organization Willows Hedgehog Rescue. This organization locally rescues, rehabilitates and releases hedgehogs. The choice of this organization is strategic, hedgehogs are in decline although they are key for the biodiversity and ecology, in other words, they are our garden heroes.
How does this partnership work?
GreenEcoBox donates €4 for each Bee Happy box delivered in March 2019. Through this partnership, GreenEcoBox has chosen a specific project and now shares all the information related to this project with its customers.
Together we are strong
Facts about the European Hedgehog
Hedgehog Rescue – Rehabilitation – Release
Mission : It is our aim to care for these Hedgehogs, to rehabilitate them and return them to the wild where they belong. We also wish to bring these hazards to the attention of everyone to try to make the world a better place for these wonderful, iconic and unique little creatures.
What does the campaign consist of?
Willows now take in up to a hundred adult hedgehogs at any one time in the main hospital area and up to two hundred hedgehogs in the whole facility since the addition of the new rehabilitation wing in 2015.
During hoglet season which sees numerous litters with several hoglets in each being admitted the numbers increase again. During very busy periods of the year we are able to exceed this number facilitated by the help of our foster carers who work with us remotely looking after hedgehogs off medication but pre-release.
Our onsite hospital facilities allow us to give suitable accommodation to both adult hedgehogs and orphaned hoglets with a large number of the hog pens having heat pads. We also have the provision of three incubators for seriously ill hedgehogs and newly born hoglets.
Things you can do to help.
Hedgehogs need to be able to travel through several gardens a night. A simple 5 inch gap in a fence allows hedgehogs the freedom they need to find food and nesting opportunities.
Pesticides and Pellets – use alternatives
Chemicals can be dangerous to hogs causing internal damage and even if not directly eaten they can still be indirectly affected by being absorbed by the food they eat. So please try to use natural methods in the garden, why not try a beer trap for those slugs instead of pellets.
The hedgehog is known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ as it will eat slugs, beetles, caterpillars etc., and does no harm, so if you have a garden a hedgehog is to be encouraged. Although in the media they can be heavily promoted as slug eaters please be aware that their primary food is beetles, caterpillars and earthworms so provide habitat for ‘bugs’ not just slugs in your garden.
Always store chemicals off the ground as hedgehogs will explore. Also please consider not using pesticides and herbicides in the garden even if hedgehogs do not come directly into contact with them they kill the food that hedgehogs need to survive.
Netting – use with caution
Hedgehogs are curious and get easily tangled in netting which in most cases leads to amputation and possibly with the hedgehog dying or having to be put to sleep. Please keep netting around 12″ off the ground and keep it taught so little legs can’t become entangled in it. Put unused nets away after use.
Ponds – make it hog friendly
Ponds provide wonderful habitat for wildlife and Hedgehogs can swim but they can also drown if they cannot get out of a pond so please ensure that there are gentle slopes around the edges for them to be able to get out.
long grass is great for a wildlife garden but if you do decide to cut it please look out for anything that might be living there as a Hedgehog doesn’t have much chance against a strimmer or mower.
make a great place for a hog to snuggle down into so always check for hedgehogs before sticking a spade or a fork into them.
Litter – bin it, don’t find me in it!
Tins, jars and those horrible 4 pack plastic rings are all a danger field for Hedgehogs as they will explore them and may get stuck in them, so it’s best to bin it rather than find a Hedgehog in it!