This years theme for the Suffolk Show wildlife area was wildlife homes, with a fun bingo trail weaving through the wildflower filled meadow. First stop, after entering the trail under a massive Hedgehog Highway, was us, team hedgehog!
We were lucky enough to have an amazing mock hedgehog friendly fence for our stand, created by Barnes Construction. Hedgehogs can roam around 2km in a night, making access to gardens, through Hedgehog Highways, crucial. We wanted to demonstrate the ease and variety of ways in which these can be created; through gates, brick walls, concrete gravel boards, security fencing, wooden fencing, wire fencing, and even using tunnels to deter pets.
Our beautiful hedgehog fencing, alongside lots of information about our Ipswich hedgehog project and a large map of our Hedgehog Champion network, was accompanied by a huge painted hedgehog where passers by could write a pledge, telling us how they were going to help their local hedgehog populations.
Further along the trail we had a bird quiz, with a variety of nesting boxes to match the singing bird to, Suffolk bat group, pond dipping, bug hunting, bee keeping and Ipswich Wildlife Group helping the public make their very own wildlife homes to take away. We also had some fab animals too – stag beetles, amphibian larvae, grass snakes and slow worms!
Thanks to everyone that visited – it is thought that we had around 10,000 visitors pass through over the two days. We hope you enjoyed our wildlife area, and visit again next year!