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How to upcycle a plastic bottle into a hedgehog planter

Recycle and grow at the same time with this cress hedgehog!
Tools: A small plastic drinking bottleScissors (ADULT SUPERVISION)SellotapeGoogly eyes, buttons or you could use a sharpie penKitchen paper or soil/compost if you have anySeeds- cress is easy and quick to growWater
Step 1: ·Lay the plastic bottle on its side and remove label 

Step 2:     Cut out the top side of it. Keep the plastic near the front of the bottle opening intact.


Step 3:     Tape over the edges with sellotape to make smooth

Step 4: ·Apply PVA glue to neck of the bottle and wrap wound string to make the head. If you don't have any string, you could paint or colour in. Leave to dry.





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How to make a hedgehog hoopla

Here's a great hedgehog craft that you and the kids can make together! Adult supervision is required, but it's ideal for older kids and younger children will love to help paint. You can make use of any old cardboard boxes you have, and the colour scheme is up to you! I just used whatever paint colours I had in the shed.

Tools:
Cardboard-  you want it to be quite sturdy so that your hog doesn't flop over!Paint- choose any colours you have availableScissors- ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIREDHoops/Pipe cleaners/florist wire/twine
Step 1: Draw a rough outline of your hedgehog onto the card. Mine was approximately two ft by two ft.

Step 2: Once you are happy with your hog's shape, cut out the body and feet. This can be a bit tricky, especially around the spikes, so you may want to ask an adult for help.

Step 3: Cut out slots in the middle of both feet and at the bottom of the body. The slots are approximately two and a half inches long- you may need to cut out a wedge of cardboard to…

How to make a pine cone hedgehog

This is a great, easy hedgehog craft for the kids! It only requires a few crafty items and these can easily be substituted for things you do have!

Pine cone (you could use teasel or if you can't find any pine cones)Piece of felt or other fabric (you could even try paper or card if you don't have any fabric)Googly eyes (easily substituted for buttons, beads or you could draw on eyes with a pen)GlueScissors (ask an adult to supervise)


Step 1: Choose your hog! You could see if you can find any on your daily exercise!


Step 2: Cut out a piece of felt in the shape of a diamond for the hedgehog's face. 



Step 3: Cut out a small triangle in a different colour felt for the hedgehog's nose. Don't worry if you don't have different colours!

Step 4: Assemble the hedgehog's face! Add googly eyes, and glue nose to complete your hog's face. This is easier done before attaching the face to the pine cone.



Step 5: Glue the back of the felt and attach to the pine cone. You can ei…

Making a feeding station

Strange times are upon us! The UK has been in lockdown since last Monday and we are still getting used to not being able to go out whenever we like and the supermarket shelves being bare. But nature is carrying on business as usual! Birds flitting about foraging for nesting materials for impending eggs, lolling queen bumblebees looking for nest sites and hibernating hedgehogs are waking up as the temperatures rise, looking to fatten up after winter. 

An easy way to help hedgehogs post winter sleep, is to feed them cat/dog food and provide plenty of water. In order to stop hungry foxes and pesky cats from stealing your hedgehog's food, you can build a feeding station. It doesn't have to be anything fancy and can be made with things you may already have in your garden or shed. 

1. You can use old bricks to make a base. Just make sure it's big enough for a hog to get in and out of, and ensure that the entrance is 13cm x 13cm.


2. You can make a lid out of a big piece of wood or p…

Hedgehog rescue!

On 25th July 2019 (the hottest day of the year!) four hoglets were found out in the sun by the Overbury construction site compound outside the Medical School (where we had seen ‘Shelley’ the hedgehog’s footprints during our survey). At first only two were seen by a member of staff. Around an hour later the Overbury workers found two more hoglets in their compound. They were taken to the Orchard Veterinary Centre in Harbourne, one recommended by BHPS. Two of the hoglets were named Branston and Pickle by the member of staff who had found them, and the other two were named Michelle and Sheldon by the Overbury workers.


We had received reports of a dead hedgehog on the road by Vincent Drive a week prior to the hoglet rescue. We thought this might be ‘Shelley’ the Overbury works hedgehog, so we put out the survey tunnels and a trail camera but had no sightings. So we believe that these were Shelley’s litter of babies, and when the temperature had become incredibly hot, they came out the nest…

Green Heart Festival

On the 8th June, the University of Birmingham held its 'Green Heart Festival' launch weekend. Measuring over 12 acres, the Green Heart is a  green space in the centre of campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy. It provides a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, while opening up views across the whole campus. 


It was a very wet morning putting the gazebo up, but that didn't dampen our spirits! At our stall we had lots of crafts for children to get involved with, including; pine cone hedgehogs, upcycling plastic bottles into hedgehog cress planters, origami hedgehogs and a hedgehog house design competition. The winner of the competition will have their design made by our Estates team and located on the Green Heart. 





















We had lots of children and families take part in our activities and we were able to advise the local community on how to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly.


The two winners of our Hedgehog House Design Competi…

Hedgehog Footprint Tunnel Survey- Workshop

On 7th June we held a Hedgehog footprint survey tunnel workshop given by Jo at the University of Sheffield and funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. This would help us determine if and where there are hedgehogs on our campus. We had a range of University students, staff as well as members of the local community join us for the session.


Jo gave an informative presentation on the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Campaign, about hedgehogs in the UK as well as how to build and conduct our tracking survey.



The tunnels have a removable tracking plate that contains two ‘ink’ strips, pot for food (we used dry cat biscuits) and two sheets of paper to record the footprints. We built 10 tunnels to distribute at least 100m away from each other in order to make our finding scientifically significant. If ten baited tunnels are set in up to 1km2 for 5 consecutive nights and no hedgehog footprints are detected, you can be 95% sure hedgehog are absent from the area. The survey required each mem…