Thank you for your interest in hedgehogs in and around Barnes Common. The Environment Trust has produced this extremely helpful leaflet. It is an excellent starting point to finding out more about these fascinating creatures, and how you can help. You can also record your sightings on an interactive map, and see other sightings in your area.
Another great source of information is Hedgehog Street, an informative website supported by People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. For welfare issues, contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801.
Managing and Encouraging Habitat on Barnes Common
As a designated Local Nature Reserve, our supervised work parties follow our Management Plan that calls for thinning within the woodland areas. This is carried out between September and February, due to nesting season.
When carrying out any conservation work, we make sure we leave refugia, create habitat piles and, should we spot any fauna, they are either moved to safety - as was the case with this lovely little short-tailed vole - or that area is left undisturbed depending on the circumstances.
Unlike many larger contractors, we are fortunate to have a greater degree of flexibility with regard to weather and timing. Also, we use small scale equipment (eg reciprocating blade scythes for mowing, mainly hand saws and loppers for thinnning) and work at a pace which allows reaction time.
Through our workshops, after-school clubs, going into schools, and welcoming groups onto the Common, we work with children, young people and adults of all ages to help hedgehogs and other wildlife on the Common. Take a look!
If you would like a visit to your school, to join us in building hedgehog and bug hotels, making bird and bat boxes, or to find out more about our other conservation and education activities, please email Sharon.