Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, is hosting Norfolk charity Hodmedods Hedgehog Support’s annual Hedgehog Awareness Day on Saturday, October 19, 11am to 3pm. This is a free drop in event in the tearoom picnic area.
Hedgehogs are very endangered. Campaigners say numbers have fallen by as much as 50 per cent since 2000, and it is believed there are now fewer than one million hedgehogs in Britain. Rough estimates said that the population was around 30 million in the 1950s.
The Hedgehog Awareness Day will help visitors find out about their life cycles, breeding habits, nutritional needs and dangers. Hodmedods is also launching Charlie’s Helpline, which people can ring, if they find any hedgehog in distress. They will be raising money for all the hedgehog rescue centres in Norfolk.
Activities at the Hedgehog Awareness Day
Learn all about hedgehogs and how you can help them with simple things you can do in your garden – Become a Hedgehog Hero.
Buy Hedgehog houses, food and feeding stations.
Win every time tombola – by Hallswood Animal Sanctuary Hospital
Card making for children and adults, make a bookmark or finger puppet.
Colouring competition for children.
Charlie the Hedgehog will make scheduled appearances.
Hedgehog quiz too
Hedgehog arts and crafts.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham (NR13 6DZ), signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, half way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 4pm from October to the end of February, and 10am to 5pm, from March to the end of September. Garden entry charge: adult £6.85, concessions £6.60, children £3.95 (under 5s free). Free entry to tearoom, provisions shop, gift shop and plant sales.
There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from April to October (additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.
Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden media contact: Paul Dickson 07801 103737