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Hedgehog Preservation Society Charity Wedding Favour

£1.15 Inc VAT

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We love hedgehogs and are delighted to be able to support this wonderful charity!  Founded in 1982 the British Hedgehog Preservation Society offers help and advice to those with sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs and maintains a list of rehabilitators in the UK.

Hedgehogs are widespread and, in some areas, still common, but their numbers locally can vary a lot and numbers have decline a lot over the last few decades.They can be entirely absent in arable areas, but numerous in suburban habitats. Areas in and around towns and villages can be excellent habitats for hedgehogs, and hedgehogs often prefer them over farmland.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal and solitary creatures, so counting numbers in the field is difficult.  However, there is no doubting that hedgehog numbers are seriously declining – due to the usual suspects: habitat loss and agricultural intensive farming – and roadkill.  Also, British gardens are becoming poorer homes for wildlife with increased paving, decking and reduced plant life. And with more roads and housing developments being built, there is a huge loss of connectivity between green spaces, leaving hedgehogs isolated.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has these aims –

(1) To make the public aware of hedgehogs and to give advice on their care, particularly when injured, sick, orphaned, treated cruelly or in any other danger.
(2) To encourage the younger generation to value and respect our natural wildlife and, by supplying information and giving lectures, to foster their interest in hedgehogs.
(3) To fund research into the behavioural habits of hedgehogs and to ascertain the best methods of assisting their survival.

RHS Plants for Pollinators20p from every BHPS seed packet wedding favour sold will go to the Society to help support their wonderful work.  Each seed packet is made from recycled white paper and measures 9 x 12 cm.  Sowing instructions and information on the Society is on the back of the packet.  The seeds inside are British wildflower species, the seeds being grown in the UK too – Cornflower, Poppy, Corn Marigold, Corn Chamomile.  Please advise your wedding details in the personalisation box above.  If you are not going to use your seed packets for a few months or so, store them somewhere cool and dry out of direct sunlight.  The seeds are viable for a few years.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society website has tons of information about hedgehogs, please do support them and help save the UK’s hedgehogs.

By giving your guests these seed packets you are helping the environment and our declining bee and butterfly populations – grow the love and Nature will love you back!

Charity number 1164542.

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About the Seeds

Cornflower

Bee on cornflower

This pretty wildflower was once common in the wild in cornfields but is now very rare in the wild, having been eradicated by farmers.  The flowers are blue and “fluffy” and much loved by bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees.  All members of the centaurea family are rich in nectar.

Latin name – centaurea cyanus

Height – 60 cm

Habitat – sun

Annual

Flowering time – June to August

Corn Marigold

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Corn Marigold is popular with butterflies, bees and other bugs. Its vibrant yellow flowers are fabulous

Latin name – chrysanthemum segetum

Height – 60 cm

Flowering time – June to August

Annual

Habitat – sunny

 

Poppy

Poppy with hoverfliesFamiliar red flowers sometimes seen in field margins in the wild, or, rarely, abundant in fields.  Poppies are also wild grassland and meadow flowers.

Latin name – papaver rhoeas

Height – up to 60 cm

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – June to September

Hardy annual.

Poppies produce abundant pollen, which is generally very dark in colour. Bumblebees and honeybees in particular seem to like it.  Some reports suggest that poppies may have a bit of a narcotic effect on bees, someone in Germany noting that when his honeybees had been on poppies, they had trouble finding the entrance to their hive!  Hoverflies also really like poppies.

Corn Chamomile

Corn chamomileAs the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white chamomile-like flowers.  Common in fields, meadows and grassland.

Latin name – anthemis arvensis

Height – 40 cm

Hardy annual

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Corn Chamomile provides nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

Up to 60 cm or so.

Hardy annuals.

Sun!

Cornflower – blue

Corn Marigold – yellow

Poppy – red

Corn Chamomile – white daisy-like flowers with yellow centres

Find some bare soil in a sunny spot and sprinkle on the seeds.  Press them gently into the soil and water.  Can also be sprinkled onto large pots of compost for the patio or balcony.

Seed sowing instructions

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