Hedgehog Heroes

Hedgehog Heroes

Photograph of a hedgehog sat in a feeding bowl.
Photo credit: British Hedgehog Preservation Society

As a Parish we are hoping to become more hedgehog friendly as our hedgehogs are now classified at being vulnerable to extinction. We are hoping to get the whole Parish involved from our young children, teenagers, parents all the way through to grandparents.

While so many of us are at home, now is the perfect time to start making little changes in our gardens and outside spaces, which will have a really positive impact on our spiky residents as they wake up from hibernation. As well as hopefully encouraging our young adults to get outside.

Please click here for some ideas of what you can do in your gardens and outdoor spaces: https://ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Hedghog-Garden-Ideas-leaflet.pdf

Throughout the year we will be publicising new ideas to help our hedgehogs as the seasons change.

We also would love to publicise your efforts so please send any pictures you are happy for us to share to emmamainwaring@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk and lets boost our hedgehog population.

Build a hedgehog home instructions


Hedgehog Heroes Honours List

As a Council we have been awarded Hedgehog Hero status by the Hedgehog Preservation Society and appear on their honour roll (https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-heroes-roll-honour/) We want to include all of our wonderful Parish members in this as well and have therefore launched our own honour list. So if you have hedgehogs in your garden please send us some photos along with your top hedgehog tips and you can become our next Hedgehog hero!

Angela, High Green – Has made hedgehog houses, and ramps to make steps easier, says hedgehogs “…truly are a gardener’s friend – my Hosta plants never looked better than when I had several hedgehogs devouring all the slugs!”. Three of Angela’s neighbours also have Hedgehog houses and put food and water down to help them along their way, which is completely fantastic!


A Hedgehog house
Hedgehog house
A blonde hedgehog
A Blonde hedgehog in Angela’s garden
Hedgehog walking down a ramp over stairs
Hedgehogs can find steps difficult, so little ramps work wonders
A hedgehog in a hedhgehou
A hedgehog snuggled in their hedgehog house

A blonde and brown hedgehog

A blonde and more common brown one

Naiose and Ronnie, Burncross – Have made their garden a haven for hedgehogs with, hedgehog homes and holes. 

A hedgehog home

A purpose built hedgehog home
A hedgehog in a garden
A hedgehog in their garden

Hedgehog holes

A hedgehog hole


Shirley – High Green: Has an old upturned wheelbarrow stuffed with sticks and leaves which is left in an undisturbed, wild corner of her garden.She has also implemented a makeshift hedgehog archway in some temporary fencing to allow hedgehogs to travel through and we are posting out some hedgehog highway plaques to help ensure this stays open.

Hedgehog house

Pictured a hedgehog highway hole and upturned wheel barrow and wild area perfect for our spiky residents!


Ella, Tom and Becky – Grenoside:

Some lovely photos taken in Ella, Tom and Becky’s back garden in Grenoside, showing the Hedgehogs that they have. It looks like a family – how wonderful!

Hedgehog next to the fence Ella with the hedgehog two hedgehogs