Welcome to our special Christmas page! Find out how to make your festive season wildlife friendly…
Christmas Card Fundraising 2022
In 2022 we offered our Christmas cards for 50p each to anyone who lives on a Wilderhood Watch street, and for £1 each to the general public. These were designed and drawn by our in-house designer, Imogen Robertson, and are exclusive to Wilderhood Watch. They depict the exciting arrival in 2022 of our first pair of peregrine falcons to breed at St Albans Cathedral, who successfully raised a healthy female chick.
This year we decorated our very own Wilderhood Watch Christmas tree for the St Saviour’s Church Tree Festival. Check out our resource page for instructions on how to make our homemade twig star and knitted hedgehog decorations.
Follow the link to our Top 10 Tips on how to help the wildlife in your garden during the Winter, and scroll down to find our Vegan Christmas Menu.
Vegan Christmas Menu
serves 4 – 6 people
(served with minted peas and brussel sprouts)
Although the Christmas Savoury Strudel is a little fiddly to make, it is well worth the bother, and for us no Christmas dinner would be complete without it. For a little variation, I sometimes roast parsnips together with the potatoes, or prepare an additional side such as the Green Bean Salad. – Nadia
Check out WWF’s Top Tips for a Sustainable Christmas, including advice about presents, food and decorations!
Christmas Card Fundraising 2021
We sold over 700 Christmas cards last year, and used our profits to buy more hedgehog signs for our Hogways and Highways Challenge.
In 2020 we sold over 400 Christmas cards to Wilderhood Watch members in 2020 to fund wildflower seeds, native daffodil bulbs and tree saplings for planting at our Buzz Stops and other local green spaces.
Winter Lockdown Challenge
During the Winter lockdown of 2020 we launched our Winter Hedgehog Sign Challenge! Our hedgehog signs, which are the cost price of 7 pounds for one or two for 10 pounds, are to remind drivers to take care on the roads in order to save our precious hedgehog population.
In October 2020 researchers at Nottingham Trent University released data showing that up to 335,000 hedgehogs are dying on our roads each year. They were alarmed that the death rate seems to have tripled from an estimate of 100,000 per year in 2016. The researchers concluded that changing driver behaviour was integral to keeping hedgehogs safe on the roads.
Many St Albans residents have taken part in the challenge – take a look at our photo gallery! If you would like to order a hedgehog sign please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Fundraiser 2019
Thank you to everyone who visited our stall at the Sandringham School Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December, and to all the Wilderhood Watch members who donated handmade items to sell. We managed to raise over £150!
Our stall was selling: pollinator-friendly plant seeds (from our Plant Swap Day), hand-knitted Christmas decorations, handmade Christmas candles and eco-friendly sandwich wrappers, in-house designed Christmas cards and Face-Painting, as well as raffling a hand-built Hedgehog House. The money will be used to buy tree saplings for our Plant a Tree project involving local schools, and seeds for future Buzz Stop wildflower meadows.
Congratulations to our hand-built Hedgehog House Raffle winner, Anne!