After a rainy morning that led to the creation of three hedgehog boxes by the Stroud Valleys Project Green Team, none of the volunteers expected them to immediately be put to use. However, one local family walked into the SVP Eco shop and purchased all three of the boxes.
Ivi Szaboova, a biodiversity officer, stated that the SVP have an ECO shop where local people are invited to come in and purchase fair trade and recycled products that are wildlife friendly.
On the afternoon in question a family stopped into the Eco shop to find something new and unusual as a Christmas present for one of their family members, and shortly after making the purchase returned again to purchase a hedgehog box for use in their garden as well.
As if the two purchases were not surprising enough to most of those in the Eco shop, two hours later in the afternoon the couple’s son called up to reserve the last hedgehog box which he planned to give the mother of his girlfriend. Each of the family members received leaflets with their purchase that explained how to properly take care of their garden and hedgehog visitors.
At this time of year you should not expect to see hedgehogs out in the garden because they hibernate during the winter due to a lack of food and the cold temperatures. While hibernating their heart rate drops down to just twenty beats every minute. With this in mind, if you see one, they are most likely sick or in need of help and thus you should call a wildlife department for aid.