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New homes for Cumbrian hedgehogs
8:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
Hedgehogs preparing to hibernate can enjoy new homes at RSPB Geltsdale and local schools this autumn – with help from a group of talented adults.
Members of Denton Woodcraft, a day service run by Cumbria County Council for adults with learning difficulties, have created three hedgehog homes to donate to RSPB Geltsdale, at Hallbankgate in the north of Cumbria.
Stephen Westerberg, RSPB Geltsdale site manager, said: “These fantastic hibernation homes offer hedgehogs excellent winter accommodation, so we are really grateful for the kind donation. “The homes are very impressive and will be located at the reserve and local schools we work with, as part of RSPB Geltsdale’s educational access programme.”
Made from untreated recycled timber, the handcrafted homes also have an entrance tunnel to deter dogs, cats and foxes.
Mike Philips, Senior Support Worker at Denton Woodcraft, said: “The service users produce top quality nesting boxes and hedgehog homes from recycled materials. The work gives our members a real sense of achievement and they really are incredibly well produced. It is rewarding to know that our work is helping to provide homes for local wildlife.”
Members of Denton Woodcraft, which is based in Carlisle, are set to visit RSPB Geltsdale next spring to discover the birds and wildlife which make their home on the reserve.
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