Hedgehog calendar success prompts wildlife in 2014 plea

By Tristan Harris Monday 23 December 2013 Updated: 30/12 10:33

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BROMSGROVE’S Willows Hedgehog Rescue has appealed to residents to think of their prickly friends when they make their new year’s resolutions.

The calls come after Jayne Lawrence and Charlie Walker created a 2014 calendar featuring Charlie’s drawings and words of advice on how people can help out the lovable spiky creatures.

In the messages, they urge people to plan hedgehog-friendly wildlife gardens in January, watch out for them when cutting or strimming the grass for the first time in March and in May suggest residents plan access routes between gardens by making holes in fences and gravel boards.

As expected, they also, on the November page, reiterate the important reminder for people to check bonfires for sleeping hedgehogs before they light them.

Charlie’s doodles used on the calendar have amassed plenty of hits on the Willows’ Facebook and Twitter pages and the one urging people to create access routes between gardens has proved particularly popular having been used by wildlife groups around the world.

In September, we reported how Jayne and Charlie had launched a campaign to make Bromsgrove the most hedgehog friendly town in the UK.

That came around the same time as the hedgehog scooped the title of ‘Britain’s National Species’ after notching up the most votes in a nationwide survey organised by the BBC Wildlife magazine.

Jayne said: “We want people to look after hedgehogs by involving them in one of their new year’s resolutions.

“It would be great if everyone in Bromsgrove could do something for the district’s wildlife in 2014.”

For more on Willows Hedgehog Rescue and what you can do for Bromsgrove’s hedgehogs, visit www.willowshedgehogrescue.co.uk or email contact@willowshedgehogrescue.co.uk

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