Sandwell Swans RSPB Wildlife Explorers

We were delighted to be invited to talk about hedgehogs to the local branch of the RSPB young wildlife explorers on the 29th October at the Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve. For anyone who has never visited the place before it is so worth a trip. A haven of peace and tranquillity with magnificent views of the valley.

A group of children and young people (the Sandwell Swans) started at 1.00pm with the first hour being taken up with small groups of children, with adult help, making some carefully designed hedgehog houses, which they then located in quiet and shady areas of the land. The five star accommodation would be a great nesting place or hibernation home for any hedgehog.

In the second hour we spoke to everyone about hedgehogs and gave them some interesting hedgehog facts, showed some great clips of hedgehogs and hoglets out in the wild and followed this up with some details about the main dangers to hedgehogs and what we can all do to keep these lovely creatures safe.

The children were very interested and keen to answer the questions and went away with a hedgehog quiz and a chance to win a lovely knitted hedgehog. All in all a good time had by all. If anyone wants to find out more about the Sandwell Swans visit or email Rebecca Smith on

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