Hedgehog Street – Woodstock Rd South, Eaton Rd and Arthur Rd

Welcome to our Woodstock Rd South, Eaton Rd and Arthur Rd Hedgehog Street project page!

Check out our most recent footage of our rescue hedgehog Privet, busy collecting leaves to make her nest. She is free to visit any of our gardens along Woodstock Rd South, but has a special fox and cat proof feeding station so that she can safely and easily access food.

Watch the above three videos to witness some fascinating hedgehog behaviour. It seems not all of them are happy to share!

Here’s Jerry, a hedgehog we fostered last year. (We can tell it’s him from his distinctive grumbling sound!) We’re so glad he’s hibernated ok and is back for his dinner!

We think this is Woody, our rescue hedgehog, alive and well after hibernating over Winter!

We are so pleased to report that the hedgehog hibernating in one of our Woodstock Rd South Gardens has emerged and is happily roaming between the gardens searching for food. The photos above show that this hedgehog’s 2020/2021 Winter home was one of our very own Wilderhood Watch hedgehog houses!

We’re so excited that Woody, our rescue hedgehog, has been released back into the same garden he was originally found in, having fully recovered from a broken leg. We’re very much hoping we’ll continue to spot him having a nightly snack at his feeding station. Watch here as he makes a dash for freedom!

Woody, our recently rescued Woodstock Rd hedgehog, was in the care of Jill on Jennings Rd, having suffered from a broken leg. Part of his treatment was hydrotherapy, which he took to swimmingly!

Here he is in slow motion! As you can see, his leg was healing really well.

Here is Woody, who we spotted walking with a limp on one of our garden cameras recently. He was promptly taken to the Hedgehog Lady in London Colney to have his foot x-rayed.

Here’s hedgehog Jerry licking rain water off some leaves.

This little 7-week old hog was found wandering around in daylight behaving very strangely, and covered in fleas and ticks. He is now being looked after by Sarah, who will release him once he reaches 450g. If you see a hedgehog out during the day it very possibly needs help, especially if it’s looking lethargic. The Wildlife Trust has lots of helpful advice on what to do, and Wilderhood Watch members can always alert their Wilderhood Watch chat for immediate help.

One of our frequent visitors enjoying a snack and then a nap!

A neighbourhood cat investigates!

A hedgehog recently spent the night curled up in one of our Wilderhood Watch Hedgehog Houses on Woodstock Rd South, much to everyone’s excitement. Here’s a video of him/her having a snack at the feeding station just in front of the house.

Here’s another sighting of one of our resident hedgehogs, at a neighbour’s garden along the road!

Here are two earlier sightings of our night time visitors. A gorgeous little hedgehog and a beautiful but rather cunning fox. Hopefully the adaptations we’ve made to our feeding station will ensure the fox is unable to reach the food, leaving our hedgehog to enjoy his/her midnight snack.

In order to protect our hedgehogs from cars, and to ensure they have access to food and shelter, we are asking everybody to make sure there is an opening of 13cm x 13cm in their garden fences. That way, our hedgehogs can roam freely between our gardens in search of food, and won’t need to cross the busy road.

When you have made your hole, please register it on The Big Hedgehog Map, so we can monitor how much freedom to roam our hedgehogs are gaining:

We have recently put up signs on Arthur Rd and Woodstock Rd South to encourage people to drive slowly and keep our street safe for roaming hedgehogs, as well as other wildlife.

If you would like to become involved, please email our group co-ordinator Sue Appel at suerappel@gmail.com.