New homes at Old Moor

A Hedgehog foraging amongst leaves in a garden environment.

A Hedgehog foraging amongst leaves in a garden environment.

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A HOUSE-BUILDING scheme on land at an RSPB nature reserve is to go ahead.

Work will start this month on the innovative house designs that will be purpose-built - for the area’s hedgehogs.

As part of Time for Bed season, which runs throughout October and November, visitors to RSPB Old Moor will be able to try their hand at assembling and decorating hoggy homes.

Liz Hirst, RSPB communications manager, said: “It’s really easy to give hedgehogs a helping hand as they settle down in a cosy spot to see out the winter.

“Just using a cardboard box, a bin liner and some dry leaves, twigs and moss, we’ll be showing visitors how easy it easy for them to help hedgehogs.”

Some lucky hogs will be able to bag a five-star home, as purpose-built hedgehog houses, on sale in RSPB shops, will also go out on the reserve.

Visitors to old Moor will also be able to take part in a wide variety of other activities, from following the hedgehog quiz trail, to making a bug house or adding a dream to the wildlife dreamcatcher.

For more information about what’s happening on RSPB reserves in Yorkshire, visit www.rspb.org.uk/yorkshire