We are on a mission to make the borough of Surrey Heath and the surrounding areas 'Hedgehog-Friendly'! Check here for updates on how villages and towns are becoming #AmazingGrace Friendly Zones
Windlesham: First Hedgehog-Friendly Village Burchetts Green & Hurley Heatherside & Parkside Bagshot & Lightwater
We are based in Windlesham and work in partnership with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to save Britain’s hedgehogs one village at a time. We are making Surrey Heath ‘Hedgehog Friendly”. Windlesham is the first fully ‘Hedgehog Friendly’ village and we have been working with residents and councillors for the last year to increase habitat and awareness. Over the next few months, all the wards within Surrey Heath will have their own hedgehog day and we will work closely with residents. The campaign works with the local community and volunteers to raise awareness of the issues that hedgehog’s face in Britain today and provides habit.and advice.
We will set up and manage a hedgehog day in all the wards at a local pub or community centre. Local residents are invited by fliers through their doors, banners, and posters in shops and around the area. On the day of the event, we will have hedgehog experts on hand to give practical advice to members of the local community.
Once the basic advice is out with the people everyone can make their own gardens ‘Hedgehog Friendly”. For those who wish to do more, we will provide additional support and training including our unique Hedgehog release programme. This allows you to release hedgehogs into your garden, provided you supply a safe run and support them with food in the initial stages.
The next stage of Surrey Heath Borough a ‘hedgehog friendly’ area is with the support of Environment Minister Micheal Gove. It will be the first Borough in the UK to achieve that status within two years.
Every ward in Surrey Heath will be having a ‘Hedgehog Day’ in the local community very soon. Every event will be well publicised through the press and other community groups and associations are welcomed to ensure maximum success on the day.
Surrey Heath is leading this campaign to protect our favourite wild animal - the native hedgehog. They have been in the UK for hundreds of thousands of years and we want to ensure they will survive well into the future. We are leading from the front with this initiative that will eventually extend throughout the whole of the UK.
We made a documentary called “Meet the hedgehogs" with Brian and Steve Backshall that has had great response and is shown on Channel 5 on catch up and is current on all Virgin flights.
Runnymede homes are currently working with us to sustain wildlife throughout development with unique hedgehog boxes called “Heavy Metal Hedgehog Houses” made specifically for developers.