Help hedgehogs to snooze

Rebecca Stuart adds leaves to a 'hogitat' - photo by Liz Morgan*
Rebecca Stuart adds leaves to a 'hogitat' - photo by Liz Morgan*

SNOOZING hedgehogs will be given a helping hand in Hartlepool as they prepare for winter.

The Saltholme wildlife reserve is organising sessions for people to make purpose-built hedgehog houses, or hogitats as reserve staff are calling them.

As part of its Time for Bed season, which runs throughout October and November, visitors to Saltholme can try their hand at building the homes.

Site manager Dave Braithwaite said: “It’s really easy to give hedgehogs a helping hand as they settle down in a cosy spot to see out the winter.

“Just using a cardboard box, a bin liner and some dry leaves, twigs and moss. We’ll be creating DIY hedgehog shelters and showing visitors how easy it is for them to help hedgehogs at home.”

And as well as a spot of house-building, visitors can take part in other activities such as following a hedgehog quiz trail to making a bug house.

To kick things off, a hedgehog home-building workshop will be held this Saturday and Sunday, between 11am and 3pm each day. They are free for RSPB members and £2 per hogitat for non-RSPB members. No advance booking is needed and for more information, visit

Interested people can also contact (01642) 546625 or email