The three little Hog Homes at Ash Green Meadows.

Thursday 20th, it was our last task before Christmas and we had the fun of building three hedgehog houses at one of our newer sites Ash Green Meadows.

In separate teams we made our three little hog homes. One out of brick and two out of wood.

The tunnels are purposely a small size to prevent predator access. The ventilation pipe is sloped downwards to prevent moisture and leaf litter entering the home. With some newspaper and hay furniture the boxes were now cosy and inviting.

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Once assembled the box is covered in polythene and raised off the ground to prevent the wood rotting and finally covered with soil and leaf litter for insulation and natural aesthetic.

Most of our materials were recycled from rubble and wood we found on our other sites or scrap from our yard.

Many thanks to Paul, Mike, Eric, John, Janet, Vic and Sarah for their work. Hopefully we will have some appreciative tenants soon.

Assistant Ranger Bobbie

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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