Let’s hear it for Hedgehog Street!
It’s not every day that an ITV crew packs into your street, sets up a network of cameras and starts releasing hedgehogs in your garden.
But that’s just what happened to ECN’s Gary Snyder, when he threw his garden open for the final stages of filming for Hedgehog Street – an hour-long conservation documentary scheduled to hit our TV screens this Autumn.
The life and times of the humble hedgehog are under threat, with loss of habitat and human encroachment making it increasingly difficult for this much-loved British creature to survive.
Dragonfly TV wrapped their Summer filming in Chipping Norton by dressing Gary’s street to resemble a giant street party with marquee, bunting and hedgehog exhibit.
Around 75 Chippy locals partied with the hedgehogs, as two camera crews filmed over the weekend of 4th and 5th July. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society provided a life-sized human hedgehog to entertain the kids, while a drone filmed aerial shots of this very special event.
It took more than a couple of takes to shoot the final sequence of two delightful rescue hedgehogs being released into the wilds of Gary’s garden . . . but the pair emerged as true professionals.
Where are they now? No-one quite knows. But Gary’s hoping they’ll re-emerge one day to tell their tale.
How to make your garden a hedgehog haven
British hedgehogs numbered 35 million in the 1950s, reduced now to a population of less than 1 million. So it’s vital we all do our bit to help this treasured species survive:
- Cut a CD-sized hole in your fence, encouraging hedgehogs to roam freely from garden to garden.
- Check that bonfire heap before lighting it – a hedgehog might be curled up inside.
- Comb the long grass before cutting – you never know who might be hiding beneath it.
- Put a little hedgehog barrier around your pond, to prevent the curious critters falling in.
- Hedgehogs love to eat slugs, so if you really have to use slug pellets, make sure they’re wildlife-friendly. Otherwise you’ll be poisoning the hedgehogs.
- Build a little log or leaf pile and leave it be. It’s the perfect home for hedgehogs.
So don’t miss the screening of Hedgehog Street – keep your eye on ECN’s social media pages for a firm date.