The humble hedgehog, voted as Britain’s best loved mammal, has undergone a dramatic decline. National surveys have revealed that populations have almost halved over the last 25 years with the decline continuing.
To highlight their plight and to get people across the Tees Valley the Tees Valley Wild Green Places Project delivered a road show on green spaces across the Tees Valley during the half term holidays (26-30 October 2015). This was part of national campaign “Wild about Gardens” themed on hedgehog that is run by the Wildlife Trusts in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. Designed to appeal to families, the events provided top tips on how to make gardens and urban green spaces more “hedgehog friendly”.
Sue Antrobus, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust says “No garden or green space can help hedgehogs in isolation, but if people work together with neighbours to make small changes in their garden that could make a big difference. Hedgehogs need to be able to roam far and wide in search of food, so simply making small gasp under fences can create a local hedgehog highways, linking gardens, parks and other green spaces. Providing log and leaf piles and avoiding the use of pesticides and growing all helps”.
To get the message across the series of free events had lots of hands on outdoor activities for all ages. There was also a hedgehog quiz, hedgehog discovery trail, an opportunity to make a model clay model hedgehog and other hedgehog themed crafts. “Horace the Hedgehog” also made some guest appearances.
Despite the damp weather, the road show was really popular with families. Especially popular was the model hedgehog making, Parents and grandparents made mini-hogs as well as the children. As you can see from the pictures, we had many different creative interpretations, and all were wonderful.
We really enjoyed working with the Friends of Drinkfield and the Friends of Errington Wood, whose volunteers were invaluable in helping us to deliver these events.
If you didn’t get to an event – try our Hedgehog quiz (pdf).
For more hedgehog related information have a perusal of these websites:
If you need advice on a sick of inured hedgehog contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Photos from the Whinnies (Middleton St George)
Photos from Errington Wood (New Marske)
Photos from Drinkfield Marsh (Darlington)
Photos from Seaton Park (Seaton Carew)
Apologies – camera got waterlogged, if you attended the event and have photos that you would like to share please send them to us.
Maidendale Nature Reserve (Darlington)
Photos by David Preston