Kenley Common’s ranger finding ways to save hedgehogs

Volunteering days across Coulsdon Common and Farthing Downs, and a special summer holiday forest adventure for children are among the activities coming up

Under threat: find out what you can do to help the hedgehogs

The City Commons ranger at Kenley Common has been working on a project this summer to help local hedgehogs – with a hedgehog home workshop for residents around Hayes Lane coming up.

This much-loved mammal is in decline across the country. According to the ranger, “After several sightings last year, we know that there is at least one hedgehog living on Kenley and Coulsdon Common near Hayes Lane, Fenemore Road and Egan Close.”

Despite their small size, hedgehogs need a huge area to find food and other hedgehogs, and they have been restricted in their movement due to increasing urbanisation and barriers such as roads, walls and fences between private gardens.

Creating a connected habitat is something we can all help with and there are several national campaigns with tips on how to link your garden to hedgehog highways and make a home for hedgehogs – all useful tools to help save this species on our doorstep.

City Commons have some volunteer dates coming up…

Kenley Common: Tuesday August 22 10am-3pm

Farthing Downs: Thursday August 31 10am-3pm

Coulsdon Common: Thursday September 7 10am-3pm

Enchanted Forest self-guided trail on Kenley Common: Thursday August 24 12pm – 2pm

For one day a year, the magical creatures that live in the woodlands and grasslands on Kenley Common come out and leave traces of their existence.

Follow the map and clues in your booklet to find the magic, complete activities, and crafts along the way and once you are finished come back to the Ranger for your magical prize!

Start anytime between noon and 2pm. Meet the Ranger near the notice board on the airfield near Golf Road (See eventbrite for map). £3 per child. Booking essential, via Eventbrite

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1 Response to Kenley Common’s ranger finding ways to save hedgehogs

  1. Daniel Kelly says:

    Since moving in in 1995 I saw my first hedgehog last month! I understand badgers predate them and there are quite a few here.
    I’ve not seen any slow worms for years. Used to find them in the compost heaps.

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