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Help save the UK’s hedgehogs with Wheelybugs

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Hedgehog Wheelybugs help save hedgehogs

Buy a Hedgehog Wheelybug from Hippychick for your toddler this Christmas and you’ll be doing your bit to help preserve the dwindling hedgehog population of Great Britain.

For every Hedgehog Wheelybug sold, Hippychick will donate 20% of the proceeds to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. 

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is a registered UK Charity dedicated to helping & protecting hedgehogs native to the UK.  Founded in 1982 the Society has a number of celebrities amongst its patrons including Anne Widdecombe, Ben Fogle, Chris Beardshaw and Ken Dodd.  

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society is delighted to team up with Hippychick for Christmas. “The British hedgehog population has suffered an alarming fall in numbers, the loss being comparable to that of the world's tiger population. The BHPS is dedicated to encouraging everyone to respect and love our natural wildlife. 

“It’s never too early to begin fostering an interest in wildlife conservation. Toddlers are at the perfect age to start the process.” 

The Hedgehog Wheelybug is the latest addition to Hippychick’s wooden ride-on Wheelybug collection.  It boasts all the much loved characteristics of the original Wheelybug  - it goes backwards, forwards, round and round and can be pushed, pulled, kissed and cuddled, but also features a soft, furry cover that can be removed and washed - and can even be replaced with a panda cover to create a whole new Wheelybug character. 

Donations to the BHPS will apply between October 1st and Christmas Day 2015.

Hedgehog Wheelybugs (£64.95) are suitable for ages 1-3 years (19kgs) and are available from toy shops and

Helpful hints for hedgehog preservation

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society offers top five tips to help you to protect hedgehogs

  • Bonfires offer a tempting home for a hedgehog, ideally collected materials should be re-sited just before the fire is to be lit, if this is not possible, the base should be lifted up with poles or broom handles (not a fork!) and a torch shone in to look for any wildlife or pets in need of rescue before lighting. 
  • Make sure hedgehogs have access into and out of your garden, a 5” square gap will open up a perhaps long used hedgehog highway that us humans have blocked with fences or walls.  Hedgehog travel up to a mile in a night so need access to plenty of gardens!
  • Keep a corner of your garden wild with a log pile to offer shelter, protection and natural food for hedgehogs and other wildlife.  Encourage wildlife into your garden, but you should never just move one in from another area, as it may well have a nest of dependent young that you would be condemning to death. 
  • Provide a shallow dish of fresh water for all wildlife, and food such as hedgehog food, meat based pet food or dried meal worms for hedgehogs, especially during long dry spells. 
  • Make or buy a hedgehog home, this offers a hibernation site safe from predators in the winter.  It may also be used as a nesting box for a mother and her hoglets in the warmer months.  The British Hedgehog Preservation Society can provide a leaflet on building a hedgehog home. Visit or send an A5 sae to Hedgehog House, (Hedgehog Homes), Dhustone, Ludlow, SY8 3PL.
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Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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