The team at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, are hosting a Hedgehog awareness day this Saturday 6th of May, marking the end of National Hedgehog Awareness Week.
Family-friendly activities will be on offer throughout the day, including interactive talks explaining how you can help hedgehogs live happy and healthy lives in your garden. Crafty fun with hedgehog house making and special hedgehog design face painting sessions for kids will take place in the family activity tent. A hedgehog trail throughout the stunning cottage grounds will offer fascinating facts about hedgehogs and how these spiky friends influenced Shakespeare’s works.
Nocturnal animals, hedgehogs often sleep during the day in a nest or under bushes before coming out to feed at night. The spines of hedgehogs are stiff hollow hairs, with the average hedgehog having between 5,000 to 6,500 at any one time. Hedgehogs possess very weak eyesight but have a strong sense of hearing, living a relatively long time for their size at an average of 4-7 years.
Emily White, House Steward at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage comments: “We are thrilled to be hosting Hedgehog Awareness Day here at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. We’re proud to work alongside the team behind Hedgehog Friendly Town, rehabilitating injured hogs and finding them a new home in the very grounds Shakespeare once walked through. Since November 2016 we have re-homed 21 hedgehogs and are excited to share our passion for these creatures with our visitors through fun activities for all the family.
All Hedgehog Awareness Day activities are included with a valid ticket to Anne Hatthaway’s Cottage on the day. For more information on visiting go to: www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/hedgehog-awareness-day