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Hedgehog at night

We heart hedgehogs! ❤️🦔

This blog celebrates one of our favourite nocturnal friends – Boost your understanding of their importance and decline, plus find out what we can do to help save them and make your garden a hedgehog haven.
A hedgehog looking at the camera.

Spring into action for hedgehogs!

by Kirsty Crawford, Citizen Science Project Officer, TCV Scotland  Twice voted the UK’s favourite mammal, there’s no doubt that the hedgehog is a much-loved animal. As popular as they are, you might have noticed their absence in gardens and greenspaces in recent years. This Hedgehog Awareness Week (2nd – 8th May), we’re taking a look at the reasons for their decline and what we can do to help.
A blue tit perched on a branch looking directly at the camera

Wildlife photography: get your best shot!

Wildlife photography is a fantastic way to grow your connection to nature and support your wellbeing. It’s a great excuse to spend time outside, and the focus you need to find the perfect shot can help you feel connected to the world around you.
A long-eared bat hanging in a ceiling corner.

Batty for bats!

By Daniel Vickers, Zoology, Bangor University. Find out why these amazing creatures should be appreciated in our Naturespaces!
A clump of frogspawn

How to attract frogs

by Alex Acott, Naturehood community member If you want to attract any species, you will need to provide a reason for them to visit. 
A purple lythrum flower

Rain and gardens: a match made in heaven

by Daniel Vickers, Zoology, Bangor University  Living in the United Kingdom, it is easy to see rain as just another type of weather that comes in a cycle, waterlogging gardens and making puddles. But alongside any nuisances, rain brings refreshment and life to gardens and wildlife alike.
A painted lady butterfly on a flower

Spring visitors

by Jess Creber, Animal Biology and Conservation, Oxford Brookes University As spring slowly but surely approaches, wildlife that escaped the cold to the south start to come north again.
A blue tit perched on a branch against a vivid green background of leaves

Signs of spring in your Naturespace

Take a deep breath and start to smell spring in the air! Here's our guide to all the species you could start spotting as we head into warmer weather and sunnier days.
Two swans on calm water, they face each other and their necks make the shape of a heart

Valentine’s Day in the wild: true romance?

Think twice about that adorable card showing two animals in love...all might not be as it seems. We've got a whirlwind tale of romance or two for you!
A pond in a garden with plants and ornaments

What's wrong with my pond?

Creating a pond for wildlife is one of the best things that you can do to help your local wildlife. But what do you do when it goes a bit wrong? This blog explores some common pond problems and suggests how you can solve them without breaking the bank.
Robin perched on branch against blue sky

Wellbeing in winter

By Kirsty Crawford, Senior Project Officer Citizen Science (The Conservation Volunteers & Earthwatch Europe) During these unprecedented times; a new lockdown coupled with the dark nights and colder days, we can find a combined negative effect on our mental health. The longer-term effects of this on our collective wellbeing is not yet known, but it is undoubtable that many of us will feel effects of low mood, anxiety and depression more strongly than before.
Tiger hugging a tree

2020: a year for wildlife?

2020 was a year that we will all remember. As well as looking back on lockdowns, social distancing and PPE, there are plenty of positive wildlife stories to remember too! Though it may not have been the promised ‘super year for nature’, there were some fantastic highlights for tree huggers…
A flock of starlings flying against a sunset sky

Winter wildlife spectacles

Winter is a time for dramatic changes, producing wildlife spectacles right around the UK. The beautiful ambers, golds and browns of autumn are now giving way to a stark landscape of big skies and empty fields. This means it is time to change for many animal species too.
Hedgehog in leaves

Who is sheltering in your space this winter?

There are lots of types of animal shelters. From barns and houses that we ourselves use, to caves, burrows and hives that we are not so commonly found in.

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Unless otherwise credited, all illustrations © Chris Shields, and all wildlife photographs © Steven Falk
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