Robot Mowers: A Danger for Hedgehogs and Bees?
The number of robot lawn mowers is increasing. But what offers many advantages for the garden’s owners may be a hazard for hedgehogs, bees and co. Here’s what to do when you don’t want to miss your robotic lawn mower but are also concerned about the welfare of the animals.
Media is reporting increasingly often about hedgehogs being injured (sometimes deadly) by the sharp blades of a robot lawn mower, but there are no official statistics concerning the issue.
The risk of being injured by a robot mower is especially high for hedgehogs. The animals are mainly active at twilight and at night – as well as robot mowers which are often working during the night. Many models are so quiet that the animals don’t recognize them as a hazard.
And even if hedgehogs feel threatened they usually don’t flight but curl up and spread their spines – a strategy which unfortunately is hopeless against robot lawn mowers.
To prevent an accident between robot lawn mower and hedgehog we advise to let the mower run only during the day. In the daytime it is less likely that hedgehogs are staying on the lawn.
Please note that you have to choose a robot lawn mower which is suitable for a larger area, so that is able to achieve a perfect mowing result in less time. Learn more in our robotic lawn mower FAQs.
Furthermore, it can be reasonable to choose one of the models with a higher volume level. Although meanwhile all models are relatively quiet – especially in comparison with conventional lawn mowers – the volume varies between approximately 60 and 70 dB.
Robot lawn mowers are mentioned increasingly often in connection of the decrease of the populations of butterflies and bees. These insects feed on blossoms and are considered as important pollinators.
That’s why they are essentially significant, for example for the harvest of fruits. But pesticides, monocultures in agriculture or and accurately mowed lawn without any flower are more and more constraining the habitat of the important beneficial insects.
To own a robot lawn mower doesn’t mean automatically to have an insect-unfriendly garden. It is a matter of how to design your garden. For example, you can consider to plant a colourful wildflower area. The area can be simply spared out when laying the boundary wire and then be planted with mixed wildflower seeds.
Also blooming herbs, like lavender, sage or rosemary, are loved by the insects. Furthermore, lilac and mallows must not be missing in a butterfly- and bee-friendly garden. With so much on offer, it really is ok to have a short lawn.