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

 

Categories: Miscellaneous, News

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

New Toys

The Group has acquired two Treepoppers. These are simple bits of kit to lift troublesome saplings and small trees, such as Ash and Cherry. These seed or sucker freely and if not kept under control can quickly spread. In the past we have tried taking these saplings out but hand using Azardas, but this has proved ineffective as it is difficult to remove all the roots.

The Treepopper is a simple device from South Africa that was developed to remove Australian Acacia which is an invasive species there.

 

 

Categories: News

Work Party Dates 2016-17

Date Date Location
09/10/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
20/10/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
30/10/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
10/11/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
20/11/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
01/12/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
11/12/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
05/01/2017 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
15/01/2017 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
26/01/2017 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
05/02/2017 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
16/02/2017 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
26/02/2017 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
09/03/2017 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
19/03/2017 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
30/03/2017 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
09/04/2017 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard

Categories: Events, Work Parties

Work Party Dates 2015-16

Date Time Location
11/10/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
22/10/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
01/11/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
12/11/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
22/11/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
03/12/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
13/12/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
07/01/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
17/01/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
28/01/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
07/02/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
18/02/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
28/02/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
10/03/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
20/03/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
07/04/2016 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
17/04/2016 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
Meeting Points
Homesteads Road interpretation board Down Grange Meadow
Kendal Gardens The Old Orchard
Footpath between Coniston Road and Down Grange (Behind 77-155 Coniston Road) The Old Hedgerow

 

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