If you want to do your bit in preserving British wildlife without the rigmarole of going out slug-spotting at night, get yourself a hedgehog pub for your garden, so they can kick back and hibernate.
This definitely qualifies as the least amount of effort required on your part to help out with the conservation of the mighty and super cute hedgehog. Camden Town Brewery has teamed up with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) to help out our prickly little friends in a couple of ways. If you're feeling flush and want to do something tangible, you may have already spent £50 on The Hibernation Arms - a pub-themed hedgehog hut to stash at the bottom of the garden for them to batten down the hatches and ride the winter out in. If this is the first you're hearing of them, it's too late, because they're all sold out now. Happily, 100 per cent of the proceeds from the huts sold is going straight to the BHPS.
You can still help out though, just by picking up a few cans of Hells in Hibernation lager, Camden’s latest Seasonal Hells lager, as a portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the BHPS. It's also veggie and vega friendly.
Jasper Cuppaidge, Founder of Camden Town Brewery, said:
"Hells in Hibernation gives our classic Hells Lager recipe a fresh new taste for winter – It’s unfiltered, and brewed with hops that are high in alpha acids, so they bring out that piney resin and citrus bitterness that you might find when taking a breath of fresh air on a winters walk in the woods.
“As the changes in our environment are having an increasingly negative impact on the wildlife around us, we’re having to be more aware of how we can all do our bit to help. Our partnership with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society has taught us how we can all do our bit - whether it’s educating us on what to do when we find a hedgehog in need, or creating a safe space, like The Hibernation Arms, in your garden at home.”
Fay Vass, Chief Executive of The British Hedgehog Preservation Society, added:
"We are very grateful that Camden Town Brewery is showing support for hedgehogs with its fantastic Hells in Hibernation Lager. Hedgehog populations have declined by half in rural areas and by a third in urban ones in the last 20 years so they need all the help they can get. The funds and awareness that this collaboration raises will help us, help hedgehogs.”
So start chugging those beers down and save our hedgehogs! As if you needed an excuse.