Series of short audios from here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue looking at issues facing hedgehogs as well as events & rescues.
Each audio Podcast is around 15-30 minutes long and covers a specific topic or tells the story of recent events in the rescue. If you have any questions or topics that you would like covered please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title 'Willows Thoughts'.
New - Pen & Quill Audio DIary- updates of daily events in the rescue.
There are also a small number of videos at the bottom of the page. We are in the process of testing out wildlife cameras.
Please keep an eye on this page as there will be live links when they go live in mid 2013.
Latest Willows Podcast. Rescue updates & Access for Hedgehogs.
Some updates on hoglet litters presently in with us but the main discussion is our campaign to get new developers to include access for hedgehogs as standard into gardens. Sadly new builds often come with gravel board surrounded gardens which remove any possibility of hedgehogs being able to forage and find places to nest. The solution is simple & we have two housing developers now on side.
No1. Planning your garden, think hedges not fences.
Large panel fences create impenetrable barriers for ground dwelling wildlife and even on a basic level they aren't even visually pleasing. A hedge however offers safety, food and a home for many species not to mention the feel good factor the greenery and bird song gives to us
No2. Working in the garden, look out for hedgehogs first.
It is starting to feel like spring and hedgehogs will soon be waking from hibernation. With spring comes the chance to get back into the garden but some garden activities can spell disaster for a hedgehog.
No 3. Food for Hedgehogs.
It is supposedly spring however a step outside will make you think more of winter. Minus temperatures and snow on the ground. Hedgehogs will be waking from hibernation after a very wet year last year & a cold winter. They will be on the last of their fat reserves and need to find food quickly to be able to survive. In this short audio I look at making a hedgehog feeding station and at what types of food you can leave out for our spiky garden visitors.
No 4. Hedgehog Signs & Talking Rubbish
While out and about I find signs of hedgehog activity, have a look at where I am pretty sure the hedgehog has made its nest and also end up talking rubbish, the discarded packaging type of rubbish!
No 5. Hedgehog Awareness Week Roundup May 2013
An audio update for Hedgehog Awareness week looking back at the weeks events we attended. News of an upcoming competition for a local scool to win a package of wildlife goodies including a Hedgehog home, hedgehog food, £100 of wildlife friendly planting, bird feeders & food, a bat box and other goodies. Finally, updates on a couple of recent admissions.
No 6. Gardening injuries, Schools Competition
& State of Nature May 2013
A longer than usual audio update looking at some of the gardening injuries coming in to us here at Willows, an exciting wildlife garden competition for schoold that we are running & my thoughts about the most basic issues of human interaction with nature
please visit this page again as more audios will be added over time.
These are short videos of some of the hedgehogs in our care. We have a project on at the moment to install live wildlife cameras in the rescue area, the pre-release pens outside & remote cameras as part of a wildlife recording project. The cameras will hopefully go live mid 2013 and recorded video will be posted here as well as live streams.
More videos on our Vimeo Site
If you enjoy these short videos showing some of our work please consider donating a small amount to help us to continue the rescue, rehabilitation & release of our native European Hedgehog.
The running of the rescue unit runs into many thousands of pounds a year, our time is given free and we rely 100% on donations to purchase food, medical consuambles, medication, pay for vets bills & purchase & run equipment such as incubators.