This Saturday, 26th October, is Hedgehog Day at the Isle of Wight Zoo! This is a great opportunity to come and find out what we can all do to help our hedgehogs prepare for their winter hibernation and especially how to look out for them on bonfire night.
Come on in to the Zoo and spend some time in the Hedgehog Zone, where we will be hosting a number of key activities. There is a Demonstration Hedgehog Garden which includes a facsimile bonfire, and Zoo Education Manager Tracy Dove, alongside IOW Council Empty Property Manager, Will Taylor, himself a a volunteer for Isle of Wight Hedgehog Rescue will discuss some top tips and advice for keeping hedgehogs (and other wildlife) safe on Bonfire Night.
Part of the work for Hedgehog Island is to try and count every hedgehog on the island! As part of Hedgehog Day Tina Whitmore, from the Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeology Society, will be offering some advice and tips on how to report your hedgehog sightings. Remember, you can send in your sightings by email or by post. There is a simple form you can download and fill in How to report your hedgehog sighting, or you can simply email the information to either of the two addresses listed.
There is also chance to come close and personal with our Hedgehog Encounter. Kerry-Anne Tresize will introduce you to Pickle, one of the island hedgehog rescues. Finally Tracy and Will put their heads together and provide yet more helpful tips with How To Help Hedgehogs, which also includes a helpful takeaway leaflet.
Hedgehog Day is happening during our Spooky Zoo activities and fun time as we approach Halloween. What a great time to come to the Isle of Wight Zoo!