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.
20p 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. 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.
About the Seeds
There are 15 species of wildflower in this mix, although not every packet may have all 15, due to seed distribution. The seeds are grown in the UK and are UK species only – all of them are amazing for insects! Seed content is as follows:
Yarrow, Lesser Knapweed, Wild Carrot, Ladies Bedstraw, Rough Hawkbit, Ox-eye Daisy, Ribwort Plantain, Cowslip, Selfheal, Meadow Buttercup, Yellow Rattle, Sorrel, Salad Burnet, White Campion and Red Campion.
These seeds are great for sowing with children to inspire an interest in nature – they will find it fascinating to keep checking on them to see how they are growing and what flowers and insects will appear!