This was new at the 2018 Real Halloween and was so popular that we are bringing it back for 2019. Make a hedgehog and its house from natural materials. You find just the right spot for her or him in the woods and put the house together. But be careful – they are surprisingly difficult to find again afterwards!
This is a free drop in activity. Just join in when a space becomes available. No unaccompanied children.
Making the hedgehog
Finding the right spot
Did you know?
- It’s important to make sure there is no hedgehog living in a stick pile if you are having a bonfire! Get your adult to take it to bits and put it together again before lighting. Hedgehogs like to hibernate over winter in cosy places like piles of leaves and sticks.
- Hedgehogs live in woods as well as hedgerows and gardens and they eat a lot of insects and slugs so are useful to gardeners
- Old names for hedgehogs include “urchin” and “hedgepig”
- Hedgehogs travel up to a mile or two every night in search of food and need to eat a lot – up to a third of their bodyweight!
- Hedgehogs don’t climb well so to help them in and out of your garden your adult can make a hole in a fence or wall – it needs to be about 13cms across (more here from the Hedgehog Preservation Society)