Hedgehog heaven in Cawthorne

I was recently invited to Allan and Anita’s house in Cawthorne to see their hedgehog friendly garden and to talk about their work rescuing hedgehogs.

Allans gardenThe garden was long and narrow and had everything a hedgehog needs. It had lots of little areas with a very natural feel, and no pesticides or slug pellets anywhere. Allan and Anita have several regular hedgehog visitors. They have also looked after poorly ones in their house on several occasions, then let them loose when they have built up their strength.


Allans lawn and shrubs

They have managed to make a garden that is tidy and pleasant, but has lots of shrubs and undergrowth to provide shelter. There is water available in a bird bath and Allan and Anita leave food out near the house so they can watch the hedgehogs and see that all is well.


Allans hedgehog house

Instead of an ‘untidy’ corner for hedgehogs, they have a lovely hedgehog house. You can see that Allan has placed a couple of light twigs across the entrance so he can see whether anyone has visited in the night.


Allans robin nest

As is often the case, a garden that is good for hedgehogs is good for other wildlife too. This old pan hanging on the fence has a robin nesting inside it, which flies in and out between the fence panels.


Allan on stall Tour de Y

Allan also booked us a Hogwatch stall at the Tour de Yorkshire, where we got 15 new watchers, a few sightings reported and some useful contacts.


If you have a hedgehog that needs a bit of help, you can contact Allan on 01226 791972. He can help if they need a safe place and feeding up. However, if you see a hedgehog that is injured or looks very poorly, there is more information about what to do on our Poorly Hedgehogs page.

4 comments for “Hedgehog heaven in Cawthorne

  1. dawn mason
    October 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Hi there

    I have only just been told of you by a friend of mine.

    I just wanted to let you know that we live in Rotherham overlooking fields and we have hedgehogs on our garden regularly as they can gain access to our garden under our “very hedgehog friendly” fence.

    We are currently having an adult with 3 young coming on every night and several other indivuals. We are currently putting out saucers of cat munchies, peanuts, sultanas, suet pellets and sunflower hearts to help fatten the little up for the winter hibernation.

    We feel so lucky to be visited by these beautiful creatures on a daily basis as I often hear people saying that they have not seen a hedgehog for years.

  2. Sandra Kelly
    April 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Hi
    I live in Silkstone Common at the back of our property is the trans Pennine Trail and woods. I care greatly about providing environments for wildlife we have squirrels and a vast amount of birds visit the garden daily. I do love hedgehogs since I was around 10 yrs and found a hedgehog and couldn’t understand why my mum wouldn’t allow it in the house. So I made a house in the garden. I used to watch Horace as I called him and within a few years he had a family who used to visit us each evening. This was over 50 years ago and I have moved away but the hedgehogs are still there.
    I read in our local parish magazine that there is a shortage of hedgehogs around this area. So the reason I am contacting you is to ask if you rehome hedgehogs. I would be more than willing to meet for you to give me any info to make this successful with hopefully a pair to release in our garden and to monitor them.

    • Rachel
      April 20, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Sandra, your garden sounds like a great place. I’ll pass your offer on to Allan to see if he needs some sites for release after the hedgehogs in his care have recovered.
      Rachel

  3. Caroline Gibson
    February 25, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Morning, are you a registered charity? I’m looking for a local charity to raise for. Thanks Caroline

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