Residents who are keen to help boost wildlife in Bridgend County Borough are being invited to apply for a hedgehog pack.
Urban areas have become a stronghold for our prickly pals, with gardens providing a plentiful supply of food, both natural and supplementary, as well as many potential nest sites for breeding, resting and hibernation but numbers have dramatically declined in recent years.
Research suggests this is partly because it is becoming harder for hedgehogs to move freely due to an increase in the number of solid walls and fences being put up around gardens.
Thanks to Local Nature Partnership Cymru funding, Bridgend County Borough Council’s biodiversity team has 50 hedgehog packs to give out to residents to help them assist hedgehogs in their gardens.
These packs contain everything you need to provide a suitable home for hedgehogs, including an easy-to-assemble hedgehog house, an eco-hedgehog hole fence plate to allow the animals to access your garden, as well as a guide to helping hedgehogs and a recording sheet to note down any sightings.
Packs will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You must live in Bridgend County Borough and your garden must meet certain criteria to enable action for hedgehogs.
Jess Hartley, Biodiversity Policy and Management Officer for the council