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HEDGEHOGS & PAINT (not together!)


It was lovely to see so many of you again last week, and well done George for winning Bingo!

Thank you so much too for all the pictures of your Hapa Zome and your photography projects - I am so impressed. Do take a look at the galleries we have set up below the blog with all of them in - and see them coming, you don’t have to do the project once then stop.

This week we have been doing a few bits of gardening at home, one of which involved building a little wildlife pond - all we used was the liner from an old compost bag (we did try and use an old storage box but couldn’t dig deep enough!) - if any of you have ponds at home I would love to see some pictures. Is there anything interesting going on that you can see? I really miss the school pond and the exciting things that I know are going on…

I have been so excited about this week’s projects…

  1. It is NATIONAL HEDGEHOG WEEK - so we are going to look at who they are, what they live and how we can help them. Our project for this week is to build a hedgehog feeding station - it is super easy and will reward both you and the hedgehogs. They often come to feed at dusk so you may hear them even if you cant see them (they sniff, grunt and purr!)

2. Annabel reminded me of how much she loved the tie dye with

blackberries so I have made a total mess of my kitchen yesterday trying out all sorts of other things to make NATURAL PAINT with, and then tie dye Click on the link for more info.

There are also some great night time things to see - The last SUPERMOON of 2020, the milk moon, on Thursday (7th) and a triple combo of the moon, Jupiter and Saturn on 12th May.. get those binoculars ready!

Please do share what you get u to with me here


Hedgehog Awareness Week (3-9th May) is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year. The aim is to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how we can help them.

We've lost a quarter of the hedgehogs in the UK over the last decade, mostly due to habitat loss, but we can do something at home to help them!

Did You Know?

  • A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet Hedgehogs give birth in June and July, and they have an average litter size of four or five young. However, they usually only wean two or three successfully. The mother is liable to desert or even eat hoglets if she is disturbed. Sometimes she will carry them in her mouth to a new location

  • The have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell and hearing

  • They are nocturnal but in spring could be out in the day finding food to feel their hoglets

  • Their favour foods are insects, slugs, snails and worms but also eat mice, frogs, lizards and even snakes!

  • They have about 5000 spines

  • They can live for up to 7 years

  • A male is called a boar and a female is a sow

  • There are 17 different species of hedgehog over Europe, Asia and Africa

  • They are one of only 3 UK mammals that truly hibernate (along with dormice and bats)

There is a lot more information on the HEDGEHOG STREET website

Other Hedgehog fun

  • How to draw a hedgehog

  • Make hedgehog pictures using things you can find in the garden and a bit of glue… leaves and long grass work well

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