RSPB report demand grows for hedgehog shelters

Daily Echo: Spike in demand for Hedgehog shelters Spike in demand for Hedgehog shelters

PEOPLE across the region have fallen in love with hedgehogs and are providing homes for the prickly creatures.

Bosses at the RSPB say the charity’s purpose-build hedgehog shelters are a big hit with the public and are now its top-selling product with sales doubling in the last year.

It has also seen an increase in sales of mini-bug houses for insects and bat detectors and the charity says that since launching its biggest ever campaign – Giving Nature a Home in June 2013 – sales of non-bird related products have increased by 232 per cent.

Sales in ladybird and lacewing boxes have almost trebled too, say the RSPB, which has pumped £50,000 into conservation work during the last four months.

The charity is asking people across the south east to provide a place for wildlife in their own gardens and outside spaces by putting up nestboxes or planting pollenrich plants to attract bees and butterflies and where possible provide a garden pond.

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