Hedgehog Awareness Week From 1st to 7th May

Hedgehog Awareness Week From 1st to 7th May

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 5th May 2022

 HOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Hedgehog Awareness Week

Hedgehog street launches nationwide garden challenge this spring.

From 1st to 7th May, Hedgehog Awareness Week will aim to raise awareness around how we can better help the UK hedgehog population grow, as well as increase funds for conservation charities.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) are also celebrating their 40th birthday and, to celebrate, are asking people to grant our spikey friends some birthday wishes. Here are a few things you can do during the awareness week and beyond…

Make Hedgehog Highways in your own, and in your neighbour’s, garden fences (with everyone’s permission, of course). They should be square gaps (13cm x 13cm) in the bottom of fences and allow the hedgehogs to roam from garden to garden at night. Once created, you can log them on the BIG Hedgehog Map.

Create an undisturbed log pile in your garden that will offer shelter and food.

Buy or build a Hedgehog Home. More info here.

Leave out water and meaty cat or dog food for hedgehogs to eat and drink overnight.

Check areas of your garden carefully before mowing or strimming.

Ditch pesticides and poisons in your garden – go organic.

Ensure there is an easy route out of garden ponds and pools.

Join BHPS. More info here.

 

TOP TEN OF THE DAY

The Top 10: Fake Deaths

A list of people who didn’t die – or, at least, not at the time it was claimed that they did

Inspired by this “splendid” article in The Independent by Len Williams, “Faking death: why people seek the ultimate escape”, itself inspired by the TV drama about no 1, The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, and which also considered no.s 2 to 5.

  1. John Darwin. It was a kayak.

 

  1. Arafa Nassib. British woman whose son claimed her life insurance in 2016, after producing a death certificate saying she had been killed in a car accident in Zanzibar; she was arrested after flying to Canada on her own passport.

 

  1. Timothy Dexter. Eccentric Massachusetts business person who, shortly before his actual death in 1806, wanted to see how many people would attend his funeral. The answer was 3,000.

 

  1. Arkady Babchenko. Russian journalist and critic of Vladimir Putin, exiled to Ukraine, who faked his own assassination in 2018, including make-up gunshot wounds and a pool of pig’s blood – allegedly a Ukrainian intelligence sting to identify the hitman who was out to get him. He appeared the next day at the press conference to announce his death.

 

  1. John Stonehouse. He has already featured in Top 10 ministers who did the job they were responsible for (aviation and posts and telecommunications; he passed secret aircraft plans to Czech spies); Top 10 real stories remembered for a vivid detail that isn’t true (he didn’t leave his clothes on the beach; they were in a hut) and Top 10 MPs alleged to be spies.

 

  1. Grace Oakeshott. A women’s rights activist who, in 1907, with the knowledge of her husband, left her clothes on a Brittany beach and disappeared to New Zealand with her lover, Dr Walter Reeve. The families were apparently aware, but the authorities were none the wiser in their lifetimes, including about the first husband’s bigamy when remarrying, and the ruse was only uncovered after research by Jocelyn Robson, a writer, helped by various descendants.

 

  1. Adolf Hitler. His death in the 20 July 1944 plot was in effect faked by Claus von Stauffenberg in that he refused to believe anyone could have survived the explosion of the bomb he had planted, and he informed his fellow plotters that the Fuhrer was dead.

 

  1. Mark Twain. What he actually wrote in 1897, after a journalist contacted him to check if the rumours of his death were true: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

 

  1. Juliet. Thanks to John Chester and Hot in Cleveland.

 

  1. Ken Kesey. After the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was arrested for possession of marijuana in 1965, he faked his death by leaving his truck on a cliffside road in California with a suicide note and fled to Mexico. He returned eight months later and served his sentence.

From John Rentoul – The Independent.

 

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”- Muhammad Ali

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…a hedgehog in your garden.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

What is the fastest growing city in the world? Capital of Ireland. It’s Dublin every day.

LOVE IS…

Love is…full of good intentions.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to encourage hedgehogs into the garden…

 

 

 

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