Hedgehogs are the UK’s favourite mammals, according to The Royal Society of Biology. When I was growing up we would often spot a hedgehog snuffling about in the garden at night, but sadly they have become a rare sight in recent years.
Cornwall Wildlife Trust is leading a project called Operation Hedgehog, which aims to reverse the decline of hedgehog numbers in the countryside. They are working with Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue, Cornwall Mammal Group and the University of Exeter. You can find out more about the project, some interesting hedgehog facts, what you can do to help hedgehogs and how you can donate to their Hedgehog Appeal at: www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/hedgehogs
If you would like to make your own hedgehog, here are some ideas for making one at home:
If you pass through any woodland on your daily walks scour the ground for dropped pinecones. They make fantastic hedgehogs as they come with ready-made spines! You can make a face with a paper cone or by sticking some plasticine onto the end of your pinecone like we did here.
Plasticine and walnut hedgehog
For this hedgehog we rolled some plasticine into a ball then pinched one end to lengthen it into a snout and added some eyes and a nose. For the spines we used bits of walnut and pressed the ends into the plasticine body.
Egg box hedgehog puppet
If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, you could follow our video tutorial and have a go at making a hedgehog puppet out of an egg box. Head over to the workshops page for this and more creative tutorials.
You can find plenty more fantastic ideas for making your own hedgehog on Pinterest or simply by doing a Google image search. Happy creating!