South Yorkshire children invited to design Valentine’s cards to help hedgehogs

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Hogwatch - the survey of hedgehogs in the Penistone area - is running a competition for children to design Valentine Day Cards and compose messages on the theme of hedgehogs and conservation for a second year.

Schools and children’s clubs will be contacted with details of how to enter the competition.

Judging will be for junior and infant cards and junior and infants messages. Entrants will be encouraged to send their card to someone they think might be able to take action to reverse the alarming

decline in the hedgehog populations.

The judging of entries will take place on Saturday February 6 in St Andrew’s Church Hall, High Street, Penistone from 11.30am to 1.30pm. when the results of the Hogwatch survey in 2015 and plans for 2016 will be

presented. Entries can be delivered to Penistone Library on Friday February 5.

Peter Roberts, Chair of Barnsley Biodiversity Trust explained: “Hogwatch has been a great success in 2015 and we are building a detailed picture of where hedgehogs are thriving in our area and where numbers are low. We need more information so we can develop a realistic conservation plan for the area to improve habitats for hedgehogs and this could involve re-introductions in the areas best suited for them.”

The Hogwatch launch will help the organisers Barnsley Biodiversity Trust and Penistone Friends of the Earth to recruit hedgehog watchers who will again be asked to records all sightings of hedgehogs (or not) throughout 2016.

The presentations on February 6 will be the first chance to look at the results of the survey last year and meet people involved in hedgehog welfare and care in the area.

Refreshments will be provided.

People can also register as Hogwatchers via the website Click here which also provides lots more information

Hogwatch 2016 is be supported by Penistone Town Council, Silkstone Parish Council and Penistone Roundtable.

Rachel Gibbons of Penistone Friends of the Earth summed up: “The response to Hogwatch was fantastic in 2015 and we want to recruit more local people, families and land owners to get involved in the survey. We

very much hope that children will again enjoy making the Valentine’s Day Cards and look forward to lots of imaginative cards with some original essages inside.”