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Our Tameside Hedgehog Giveaway 2019!


Our 2019 Tameside Hedgehog drive is now closed. We successfully distributed over 200 hedgehog homes and circulated over 2,000 information packets. Check back in may 2020 to read the results of the study and how this drive has impacted the hedgehog population of this area!

Helping our nations hedgehogs is an important task and there is a whole variety of changes you can make to your garden to help these intelligent mammals. To discover these tips and easy to follow practices, check out our Helping Hedgehogs pages.

The autumn of we’re giving away 200 hedgehog Holmes completely free! Putting one of these small hibernation boxes into your garden can provide a hedgehog with safe place to over winter. In giving them an environment which is safe from disturbance and predators, you can help our drive to boost the hedgehog population in the Tameside area. Built by local collages, volunteers and Alex Howson, these small boxes can be customized by your kids, nestled away in your garden and used to encourage wildlife in your area.

Each one of our box is made of marine grade plywood and has a rubberised base and roof to keep your garden visitors dry all winter long.  Simply email us at wildlife one to get your free hedgehog home, don’t forget to tell us you live in Tameside, and please leave a description of your garden and where you plan on putting your hedgehog box.

What we need from you…

All our Hedgehog Holmes are complete free and all in the purpose of our charity drive to boost the local hedgehog population in our area. However, to make sure that these Holmes are being used in the best places possible, there are a few rules.


Garden Rules.

  • Firstly, hedgehogs must be able to travel for food, as such your garden cannot be completely sealed by fencing, etc. Consider making a whole (4inches wide) in you fencing to make access possible.
  • Secondly, you cannot own any cats or dogs. As much as we love our furry companions, they pose a major risk to hedgehogs.
  • Finally, You can’t be planning any renovations or big construction works. Too much disturbance can cause undue stress to our hibernating hedgehogs. As a result, this can make them ill or possibly even kill them.


Think you fit the bill? Get in touch to arrange your drop off as soon as possible. Hedgehogs in your area could be looking for a home! All emails are replied to within 72 hours.

What’s included?

1 x hand built hedgehog box.

A supply of hay to provide bedding and warmth for a hibernating hedgehog.

A guide to helping a hedgehog hibernate.

Free delivery.


Click now to apply for your Free Hog Home!


Making a difference

During early months of 2019, we conducted a study which sampled the density of the hedgehog population throughout the Tameside area.

While any precise numbers were out of our reach; we selected several ‘known hedgehog highways’ and surveyed their numbers  over three months. This has given us some statistics of the population of the hedgehogs in our area. Next spring, in 2020 we intend to to complete the same survey again and to combine it with the feedback from our volunteers to recognize if we have made any difference to hedgehog winter survival rates in the Tameside area.

Data from other similar projects show us that we have a fair chance of helping the hedghog winter survival rate in our area…

Check this page in May 2020 for the full survey!

Alexander S. Howson

Alexander S. Howson is a naturalist and nature writer.

Along with a heavy interest in Aquatics, birds and ecology. Alexander now directs a large deal of energy attempting to re-educate the public about aquatics and promoting the conservation of a range of wildlife species.

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