It is approaching bonfire season and there is nothing quite like standing in front of a well controlled fire on a chilly evening. But could you please spare a thought for our bristly friend, the hedgehog. According to a recent survey, there has been a 25% decline in British hedgehogs in the last ten years. These animals are a gardener’s friend as they eat a lot of pests including slugs so it’s important to encourage and ensure their safety.
Below is a poster that points out the importance of checking for any hibernating hedgehogs in any potential bonfires. Ideally, any woodpile that you are thinking of burning, should be moved to another location, but if that is not possible then check for any sleeping hedgehogs. If you require any further information on hedgehogs then go to British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
On Saturday 8th October, we had plot holders and members of the public take part in a fungi forage in Sutton Park. This was one of our free courses as part of our lottery fund and was delivered by the Sutton Park Rangers.
Derek, one of our plot holders kindly took some photographs. I wonder if you can name any of the mushrooms? You can view the complete set here.
As a nice little tie in to the Apple Day on Sunday, it’s worthwhile to point out that last Thursday was National Apple Day. It’s very common for people to pick all matter of wild fruit growing in parks and urban wastelands, so it’s useful to know where the law stands on this.
The BBC website has a great article on fruit picking and what the legal stance is. You can read the article here. You can also read an introduction to urban foraging by Andy Hamilton on the BBC Nature site here.
Below is a video from the item by Andy Hamilton explaining urban foraging.