Being a hedgehog and living in the great British outdoors means that the seasons can have a huge effect on me and my friends. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help as the weather gets colder.
Keep your pets warm
If you have pets that live outdoors, make sure they have plenty of bedding to keep them warm. You might even want to bring them inside (into a garage or shed) if it gets really cold.
Look out for wildlife
Garden birds are happy to be fed all year round so keep it up during autumn and help them prepare for the chilly months ahead.
Did you know they’ll be moulting and growing new feathers at this time of year?
Watch out on the roads
Now, I’m sure you won’t be driving at your age but it’s good to know that with the sun going down earlier each night it can be harder to spot animals, like deer, on the roads. This is the worst time of year for deer to be hit so please ask your driver to take extra special care.
Hmm, what else do we get at this time of year? Oh yes, bonfires and fireworks!
No bangs please!
Some of us find fireworks very frightening so make sure you:
- Keep dogs and cats inside and make sure they have somewhere to hide if they want to.
- Close the curtains early and play music to try and muffle the sounds.
- If you have small pets that live outside make sure they have lots of bedding and partly cover the cage with blankets to try and reduce the amount of noise getting in. Just make sure they can still see out!
- If you’re having a bonfire make sure there are no small animals, like me, sleeping in there before it’s lit. We like to be warm but not that warm. Yikes!