Spring is a really important time for Hedgehogs, they often come out from their winter hibernation in March/April to breed. If you're tidying up your garden be mindful not to disturb our prickly friends as they are vulnerable at this time and may be with young.
Did you know a baby hedgehog is called a hoglet? Here are some more interesting facts about hedgehogs:
Did you know:
Hedgehogs are insectivores- this means they get the majority of their energy from eating insects.
An adult hedgehog has approximately 5000 spines on its body.
Hedgehogs are Britain's only mammal to have a spiny coat.
Hedgehogs are most active at dusk and dawn and like to forage for insects throughout the night.
Hedgehogs roam uptown 2km per night in search of food.
Hedgehogs sadly are in decline meaning they could become extinct. One reason for this is because of how humans enclose our gardens, it prevents the hedgehog from roaming and gathering food. One way to help hedgehogs is to cut small holes in the base of your fence so they can roam through your garden, encourage your neighbours to do the same too.
Whilst using this art resource to inspire learning, know you are helping you and your family's wellbeing like this:
1) Get Active - is your home surroundings or your garden suitable for building a hedgehog house? Look up online how to build one safely for you and the hedgehogs and get active building one!
2) Keep Learning - use this session to inspire learning about our prickly friends - you can start with the facts above but perhaps you can share some more facts that you learn with the community below.
3) Be Mindful- sit down and close your eyes and imagine what it might be like to live life as a hedgehog.
4) Practice Kindness- remember that our animal friends need our kindness too, they are in need largely due to how we have chosen to change their environment without them getting a say, consider what you can do to help them now.
5) Think Community - Post your beautiful outcomes and share any tips in the comments below.