TWO new hedgehog hotels have appeared in upper Teesdale this week thanks to RSPB Geltsdale and Denton Woodcraft.
They are located at the Forest of Teesdale Primary School and AONB’s Bowlees Visitor Centre and means families of hedgehogs will now have a better chance of getting through tough winters in cosy new winter homes.
Children at the school will add their hotel to their growing nature garden and Bowlees Visitor Centre’s new home will go alongside a raft of new bird and bat homes.
Sam Finn, from the AONB Partnership, said: “Our WildWatch project encourages people to get out and about and record what wildlife they see so we can get a better of understanding of what’s here in the North Pennines. We just hope that with this new addition we’ll be able to add a few more families of hedgehogs to that list.”
Andrew Harrison, class teacher at Forest of Teesdale School, said: “We have been looking at our environment and despite living in such a wonderfully rural area you don’t always notice the detail so the hedgehog homes will help the children get a real connection to wildlife
A peregrin falcon called into Geltsdale this morning and relaxed for about 30 minutes washing and preening itself in one of the scrapes opposite the reserve office. The photo above was taken by Ian Ryding, Farmland Warden, with a camera held to the eyepiece of a scope.
The Ghost Bird Exhibition opened on Saturday 18th January, by the artist Louise Ann Wilson and Blanaid Denman, RSPB’s Skydancer Project Officer.
Blanaid opened the proceedings with a short talk about the hen harrier, covering the nature and habitat of the bird, why the hen harrier is so special and the need for public awareness of its plight.
Louise Ann Wilson followed with an introduction to the photographic exhibition, based on the 2012 performance and art installation in the Trough of Bowland, which responded to the local environment and plight of the hen harrier in the north of England.
The exhibition opening was well attended, by local RSPB members, volunteers and the general public and can be viewed daily, free of charge, at the Stagsike Visitor Centre until Friday 4th April.
To find out more about the hen harrier and the RSPB’s Skydancer Project see http://www.rspb.org.uk/skydancer/
To explore and discover the work of Louise Ann Wilson and find out more about the Ghost Bird exhibition see http://www.louiseannwilson.com/#/g-h-o-s-t-b-i-r-d/4566702033