I took the dog to the vets today, and while we were there, two separate people brought in shoeboxes. A hedgehog, they said to the reception team. Ah, I thought. Because this reminded me of two things. One that there’s a hedgehog in our garden, and two, I’d meant to tell you about Hedgepig.
1) I’m continuously trying to keep our garden hedgehog safe from my prying sniffie doggie who noisily discovered it a couple of nights ago. At dusk, the garden is now out of bounds for a nosy Schnauzer.
2) The team behind the gin liqueur brand Hedgepig is fundraising to keep hedgehogs safe and flourishing on a national scale.
I’m cross I didn’t tell you about Hedgepig last week, when it was National Hedgehog Awareness Week. But hey, a hedgehog is for life and not just for a week in May, so it’s never too late.
The plight of the hedgehog and why we should help
Believe it or not, hedgehogs have been on earth for more than 15 million years. But in the last two decades numbers have fallen by over half. These adorably prickly creatures need all the help they can get.
The team behind Hedgepig donates 50p to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society with every bottle sold. So I’m happy to put Hedgepig on your radar, even though Awareness Week 2019 has been and gone.
Hedgepig founder, Stephen Marsh said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. The plight of the hedgehog makes for desperate reading.
“These snuffly little fellows have a special place in people’s appreciation of nature and as a business rooted in the countryside, we’re delighted to be supporting the fine work of the unsung heroes at this cracking little charity. Every little counts.”
More about the Hedgepig liqueurs
Hedgepig was created by the team behind Pinkster gin and is made using fruit grown in local orchards or foraged from the East Anglian hedgerows. I’m told that the liqueurs accompany cheese and desserts especially well.
I sipped the new, seasonal, flavour Zesty Elderflower without cheese or desserts (because I forgot) but it was still very enjoyable indeed and exactly what it said. Bright and zesty with hedgerow hums of elderflower.
All the Hedgepig liqueurs are available from www.fruityhedgepig.com at £32 for 50cl, and £16 for 20cl. The flavours are:
How you can help British hedgehogs
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society was founded in 1982 and offers help and advice to those with sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs. Patrons include Ann Widdecombe, Ben Fogle, Twiggy and Pam Ayers.
There’s still time to donate to the society’s Hedgehog Awareness Week JustGiving campaign – every penny makes a difference. I’ve just made a difference with some of my pennies. Can you? Closing date for the appeal is June 30 2019.
Follow the society on Twitter @hedgehogsociety.
You can also find out how you can support hedgehogs, and the work of the society, at its website here.