With the short daylight hours and the temperature beginning to drop, it was time for Wildlife Club to make sure our Wild Learning Area Hedgehog House was ready for any prospective hedgehog visitors. Hedgehogs hibernate over the winter and need a dry and warm place to sleep away the cold winter days. You can help at home by leaving piles of leaves in a corner of your garden or by buying or making you own hedgehog hibernation house.
We headed over to the Wild Learning Area, pausing only to collect some beautiful conkers! Most of us if not realise that a conker is a big seed, of the Horse Chestnut tree and it is protected in the beautiful spiky shell. If you plant a conker, it will start to grow!
When we got to our hedgehog box, we cleared out the spider residents and we put in some lovely new straw and dry leaves. We then tucked it back under the hedge where hedgehogs could easily find it. We have not seen hedgehogs here yet, but we hope they are around.
Coming back inside, we learnt more about hedgehogs and how their numbers have dropped in the UK. We can help at home by making our gardens hedgehog friendly, by leaving spaces under fences so they can travel around different gardens, making sure there are no hazards like deep water or netting and by providing meaty cat food and cat biscuits if we are lucky to have one visit. NEVER feed a hedgehog milk and bread as it can make them very poorly. Also if you see a hedgehog out in the day, it is probably poorly, so pop it in a box and contact your local rescue centre.
We celebrated our new hedgehog knowledge by making some fir cone hedgehog!
We really hope a hedgehog finds our lovely house and decides to spend the winter there!!