What is it all about?
First let me introduce myself, my name is Willow and I am a hedgehog. I am a bit different to other hedgehogs though because I live at Willows Hedgehog Rescue. I help Charlie & Jayne here at the rescue and I get to see lots of different things.
On my pages I am going to tell you about some of things that happen here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue. I am also going to show you things you can do to help hedgehogs as well as things you can get upto outside where all of my animal friends live.
So please do keep coming back as I will be adding new stuff all the time!
Hedgehogs have been around on our planet for a very very long time infact did you know that my relatives would have walked alongside Sabre toothed tigers! Now however there are lots and lots of humans around and animals like us hedgehogs are finding it hard to find places to live safely. We need you to help us and all of our other animal friends so we can share the planet and make it a better place for you and for us. So have a good look around and make my hedgehog friends feel welcome.
Use the links below to explore my site!
Willows Hedgehog Fun Facts - coming soon!
Part 1 Henry & Henrietta online now!
Lots of ideas of ways to help hedgehogs & keep them safe
Wild Time, Outdoor activities - coming soon!
Wildlife Projects - coming soon!
for pupils, parents & teachers.
send me your poems and pictures & I'll put them here!
It is very nearly bonfire night. I hope that eveyone has a really good time if you go to a firework display or have your own bonfire, but please remember pets and wildlife.
If you are having a bonfire please ask the grownups to collect the wood for the bonfire and then build the bonfire on the day you are going to light it. A big pile of wood looks like a great place to make a home for many animals including my hedgehog friends. I don't want them to get hurt.
If the wood pile has already been built then please ask grownups to either move it or check under it with bright torches and to lift the sides before lighting. You can also put a ring of sand around the woodpile to see if there are any little footprints going in and out.
Pets can also find bonfire night very scary with the loud bangs. Please keep your pets indoors and give them lots of attention when fireworks are going off with loud bangs. Keep the windows closed so it isn't quite as noisy.
A few words for the grownups
These pages are designed for children to bring them closer to the natural world. They are aimed at children but it is just as important for the grownups to get invloved with the children and activities will often require the assistance of an adult. There will be information about wildlife as well as fun wild time activities. Many of the activities designed to get children outdoors also meet key stage educational requirements. So not only do the activities get children invloved in nature they also help them in school and to grow as individuals.
What is my background? I worked for many years in local and national media but also had a lifelong interest in the natural world. From the days of den building in the orchard behind my parents house, rolling down hills, digging up ants nests to watching wildlife documentaries on the TV, to finding myself as an adult often working away from home booking my hotels where I could escape into the countryside on the evenings.
Through this interest in nature I became a bat surveyor and an ardent bird watcher. Several years ago this culminated in my leaving the security of the corporate world behind and formally retraining in environmental conservation, woodland management and environmental education. Since then I have worked as a Countryside Ranger carrying out conservation work and environmental education for adults and children. I also along with my better half run Willows Hedgehog rescue, rescuing, rehabilitating and returning to the wild our native European Hedgehog. Through Willows I also deliver hedgehog awareness talks and environmental education to schools, groups such as the RSPB, Woodcraft Folk, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers as well as to adult groups.
In a world that seems to be becoming more and more gadget laden, and a natural world that is declining at a worrying rate I believe that it is important that we all make the move to swap some screen time for some green time.