Event - Hedgehog Awareness Day

3 May 2016

Did you know that in the 1950's there were over 35 million hedgehogs in the United Kingdom? But today there are only 1 million left, they are now an endangered species.

Today we received a visit from a local hedgehog rescue centre. We learnt that we can make our gardens safer for hedgehogs by cutting a small hole in the fence, so they may roam between gardens. Hedgehogs will snuffle into anything in the search for food, so they may get stuck in litter, especially tin cans.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal, they sleep during the day and are awake at night. They will eat slugs and snails from your garden.

If you see a hedgehog that appears ill, gently pick it up with gloves and place in a high sided cardboard box with water and meat based cat/dog food in jelly. Then telephone your local rescue centre, they will tend to the hedgehog and release it into the wild once it is well enough. A hedgehog will roll up into a ball if it feels in danger.

We designed hedgehog posters to display around school and collected donations of cat and dog food to give to the rescue centre.

We wish Henry well, when he is released tomorrow.

We learnt interesting facts about hedgehogs in assembly.
Hedgehogs can walk up to 2km a day.

ChiHow can you tell if you have a hedgehog in your garden? Look for hedgehog poo!
Hedgehogs have poor eyesight but excellent hearing.

This is Henry the Hedgehog, he is now well enough to be released from the rescue centre.
Hedgehog usually live for 3-5 years in the wild.