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Hedgehogs

HEDGEHOG – STOP PRESS

There have been hedgehogs in the Orchard for a number of years. As a nocturnal animal which hibernates in Winter it is difficult to say how many we have or have had. We do not see them every year when working on the winter maintenance programme –and when we do it usually means there is a problem!

Hedgehogs are in trouble throughout the UK with numbers falling rapidly over the last 25 years. Kempshott has a number of hedgehog hot spots – we know of at least 3 between Kempshott Lane and the Roman Trackway to the west. We would dearly like to support a hotspot  in the north east of the ward – and The Orchard is a perfect spot with several good hibernation areas (mainly the piles of maintenance arisings which we accumulate each year and removed every year or two in mid-summer when hedgehogs need them least).

But hedgehogs need space – good foraging space – and adjacent gardens are the perfect places. For that to work we need to create a series of Hedgehog Highways – it’s simple, all that is needed is a single hole 13cms (or 5 inches) square at the bottom of your fence to let hedgehogs in and out of your garden.

More details on whats required and how to do it!

This month we found a small hoglet which we have taken to Hart Animal Rescue as it was under weight and would not survive the Winter without help. We hope to pick  it up again in Spring and release it back into the Orchard.

Meanwhile, we need to prepare a more viable environment for next Spring. Will you or anyone in your family  join us and make a Highway?

There’s lots more information at Hedgehog Street

We have generated a map of recent hedgehog activity in Kempshott

 

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Work Party Dates 2018-19

Date Times Location
14/10/2018 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
25/10/2018 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
4/11/2018 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
15/11/2018 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
25/11/2018 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
06/12/2018 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
16/12/2018 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
06/01/2019 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
17/01/2019 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
27/01/2019 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
07/02/2019 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
17/02/2019 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
28/02/2019 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
10/03/2017 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
21/03/2017 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
31/03/2017 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow

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Categories: Miscellaneous