Hedgehogs need you!

Our once common garden friend is in serious trouble!

Hedgehog in the suburbs.  Photo by Bill Welch.
Hedgehog in the suburbs. Photo by Bill Welch.

Hedgehog populations have plummeted by a quarter in the last decade. Bromley Biodiversity Partnership is trying to improve conditions for hedgehogs within the borough and find out where they are. Orpington Field Club, as a member of the Partnership, is involved in this project so we are asking members to look out for hedgehogs and send in any records of dead or living hedgehogs you see in the London Borough of Bromley.

Please fill in the survey form below or contact The Landscape Group Community Manager Sue Holland directly on 01689 862815, email sue.holland@idverde.co.uk.

You can also help by making a few simple changes in the way you garden.

For further information on how to help hedgehogs visit www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk.

If you see a hedgehog, please record your results here ...

Please complete as much of this as you can, and then click the "send" box below.

Your name:   

Your contact details (email address if possible):
Where did see the hedgehog(s): e.g. garden, named road, named park, recreation ground, nature reserve, woodland or area of countryside such as the Cudham Valley:

Please give a grid reference, or easting & northing, or postcode:

On what date did you see the hedgehog?

At what time (approximately) did you
see the hedgehog?

How many hedgehogs did you see?

Any other comments:

How to Control Slugs Without Using Slug Pellets

Watering Times: Water the garden in the morning rather than the evening. Slugs are active at night and prefer damp conditions.

Barriers: Cleaned, crushed eggshells, nutshells, grit, sharp sand, sawdust, bonfire ash, and charcoal from a barbecue can all be used as barriers around particular plants you wish to protect. The rough surfaces cause the slug to produce very large amounts of mucus to protect the slug's soft underside which causes dehydration in the animal. Hair, pine needles and thorny prunings can also be used. All these barriers need to be regularly renewed.

Copper can also be used as a barrier, for example around flowerpots. The copper reacts with the slug's slime to produce a tiny electric shock.

Collecting and Trapping: Follow slime trails in the evening with a torch to look for slugs. Collect and dispose of them.

Beer trap. Half fill a jar with beer and bury it in the soil with the rim about 2-3cm above the soil to try to prevent other insects such as beetles falling in.

Slugs will collect under upside down flowerpots, grapefruit halves, boards etc. Check underneath seed trays and flowerpots in use as well. Collect and dispose of slugs.

Biological Control: nematodes can be bought and watered on to the soil. They infect the slugs with bacteria which lead to their death.

Predators: Encourage hedgehogs, thrushes, frogs, toads and slow worms. They all eat slugs. The larvae and adult Violet Ground beetle and Common Ground beetle eat slugs' eggs and very small slugs.

The photograph on this page is copyright © Bill Welch 2009.