A great turnout at our Hedgehog event on a sunny Saturday in October half term showed just how much we love hedgehogs!
45 adults and 15 children enjoyed a very informative talk from Shawn Mills of the Attleborough Hedgehog Rescue, who took us through the year in the life of a hedgehog and what we could do in our gardens to help them. Shawn gave practical tips on how to make a hedgehog home from a lidded box and left over drain pipe, a hedgehog feeder from an old washing up bowl and shallow glass or metal bowls picked up at charity shops for water and food bowls. A hedgehog doesn’t know the difference between an expensive purchased home and one that has been homemade home after all, and it leaves more money for buying hedgehog food! Food should be meaty cat food, tinned if hedgehogs visit regular, or dried if less frequent, but water is essential, especially in dry periods.
For the younger children, hedgehog craft and colouring was available, with some wonderful autumn leaf hedgehog pictures created. After a break for tea and biscuits, the hedgehog trail tested our newly acquired hedgehog knowledge, with the prize of a hedgehog goodie bag for all trail question sheets completed correctly!
Several of our members reported new hedgehog sightings in their gardens and successful feeding stations being set up following the event. If you have hedgehogs in your garden, but missed our event, Hedgehog Street (https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/) has some handy practical tips on how you can help hedgehogs in your garden.