Hedgehogs Celebrated In Bridport
8:12am 19th April 2014
Bridport's interest in Hedgehogs is spiking in the town!
Today is the town's first ever Hedgehog day and people are celebrating the animals and trying raising awareness about their protection.
Bridport is Britain's first official hedgehog town, an initiative launched by Dorset's Mammal Society who wants people to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly.
Their master plan is to get local residents to link their gardens together with hedgehog tunnels in walls and fences.
At this time of year hedgehogs are creeping out of hibernation and the Dorset Mammal Group is taking the opportunity to raise awareness about the animals.
Loads of fun children's activities are taking place in the Bridport Community Orchard at St Mary's Church Hall to celebrate all things Hedgehog from 10am until 3pm today (Saturday 19th April).
They'll be hedgehog box making, story time, craft stalls, food, music and puppetry.
Rose Luckman from the Dorset Mammal Group says we need to look after hedgehogs;
"It would be a great pity if they died out they're a very popular animal and are useful in the garden because they eat pests. They don't run away I think this is why they're so popular, many other creatures run away and hide and hedgehogs don't.. They'll look up at you, they're so cute."
Making Bridport Britain's first Hedgehog Town is an initiative by the Dorset Mammal Society to encourage people here to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly and to facilitate research on hedgehogs locally.
The society say Hedgehogs like to go for long walks and often visit many gardens. They're are hoping that local residents
will link their gardens together with hedgehog tunnels in walls and fences.