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Our Hedgehogs are in Danger!

Posted by Abigail Travers on 30th October 2014 with 0 comments

This winter Hedgehogs need our help more than ever. Due to an unusually warm summer Hedgehogs have given birth to a third litter rather than the usual two, and the lateness of these births the Hoglets have not had enough time to fatten up before hibernation which means it is unlikely they will survive the winter.

Since 1950, Hedgehog numbers have fallen from 30million to only 1million. We’ve made it more difficult for them to forage for food as cities have grown and we’ve built up fences around our gardens preventing access. With such a lack of food, the young Hoglets have barely any chance of reaching the necessary weight to survive hibernation – they must weigh at least 600g (21oz) – and we need to help them!

It’s not all bad news though, you can do your bit to help the Hoglets survive the winter. B&Q have teamed up with the Wildlife Aid Foundation to design a ‘hoglet drive-thru’ in an attempt to encourage us all to build our own feeding stations. These feeding stations should have a doorway just big enough for hedgehogs so that no predators can get in, and filling it with appropriate food, they can eat white meat dog or cat food in jelly (not gravy) served in a saucer or shallow bowl, special hedgehog food can be found in pet shops and mealworms are great for attracting the brilliant beasts.

If you can’t build your own feeding station then you can still help by making sure the hedgehogs can get into your garden to forage for food by making a gap just big enough in your fence. Take a look at our hedgehog houses too, so you can keep the cute critters safe during their hibernation. If we don’t do something now to help, it’s likely we’ll see an urban extinction by 2025.

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Wake Up with Lumie

Posted by Abigail Travers on 24th October 2014 with 0 comments

This weekend the clocks are going back, and with that extra hour in bed on Sunday morning you’ll get at least four months of dark evenings and cold nights. I know how difficult it can be to get out of bed on a normal day, I’m known for pressing ‘snooze’ on my alarm so many time I may as well not set one, so I definitely understand why waking up on a dark day will be almost impossible. However, we may have the solution.

We have a range of Wake Up Lights from Lumie that wake you up gently on a morning with gradual light, simulating a sunrise. The Bodyclock is designed to wake you up naturally and rather than being jerked awake by a loud noise, your body gets used to the waking process so that you won’t feel the need to hit snooze for another ten minutes (or in my case an hour!) The light is a signal boost for your body to ease the production of sleep hormones like melatonin and to increase levels of the hormones that help you wake up, for example cortisol. A dawn simulator is a great way to keep your sleep cycle on track, and they even help to boost your mood, energy and productivity levels for the day.

Along with three dawn simulators to choose from, we also have a range of lights that can be used to treat symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Those who suffer from SAD tend to suffer from tiredness, over-eating and a lack of energy more than others, particularly in Winter when there is less sunshine and you are more likely to be stuck indoors. From the Desklamp to the Brazil Light Box you’ll find the perfect light whether you want to use it for prolonged periods of time or just a few minutes each day.

Lumie has been researching and developing bright lights to treat SAD since 1991 and has worked with the scientific community over the years to perfect their products. The company is currently working with Liverpool John Moores University in the sports science department and is also in the EuRhythDia consortium investigating circadian rhythms and type 2 diabetes. Its products are medical devices certified to the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) and are supplied to the NHS. This is not just a company producing products that might be beneficial, they are medically certified to make a difference to your everyday life.

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