Giving hedgehogs a luxury home

Rebecca Stuart adds leaves to a 'hogitat' - photo by Liz Morgan
Rebecca Stuart adds leaves to a 'hogitat' - photo by Liz Morgan

Snoozing hedgehogs will be in for a treat this winter as RSPB Leighton Moss provides a taste of luxury living for the upcoming months.

Autumn is the time when hedgehogs start to think about finding somewhere snug to spend the coldest months.

So the Lancashire nature reserve has launched an innovative house-building programme that aims to see hedgehog estates springing up across the region.

As part of Time for Bed season, which runs throughout October and November, visitors to RSPB Leighton Moss will be able to join in and try their hand at building and decorating the hoggy homes.

Jacqui Fereday, visitor services manager at RSPB Leighton Moss, said: “It’s really easy to Step Up for Nature and give hedgehogs a helping hand as they settle down in a cosy spot to see out the winter.

“Just using a cardboard box, a bin liner and some dry leaves, twigs and moss, we’ll be creating DIY hedgehog shelters and showing visitors how easy it is for them to help hedgehogs at home.”

Some lucky hogs will be able to bag a five-star home, as purpose-built hedgehog houses, normally on sale in the wildlife reserve shop, will also go out on site.

And as well as a spot of house-building, visitors to the reserve will be able to take part in a wide variety of activities from following the hedgehog quiz trail, to making a bug house or adding a dream to the wildlife dreamcatcher.

For more information about what’s happening at Leighton Moss, you can visit www.rspb.org.uk/leightonmoss.