Annual General Meeting 25th February

4th February 2016

Posted by Tom Barker

Our AGM will be held at the Nursey Inn, Heaton Mersey on Thursday 25th February at 7pm. It will see us launch a new project – Heatons Hedgehogs Highways.


Hedgehogs are one of the most popular British species – which isn’t bad for a small spiny carnivore.  Loved as they are, the bad news is that their numbers have fallen by a whole third in the last ten years.  The good news is that we can do our bit in the Heatons in a simple way that starts with a chat with your neighbours.

The story starts with the fact that hedgehogs need to roam, every night, to find the snails, worms and bugs that make up their diet.  They can cover up to 40 gardens in a night.  They also like to stick to a set path and life is much easier if there’s a route from garden to garden so hefty fences and walls can be quite a problem.

Our idea is that we can make ‘Hedgehog Highways’ by helping neighbours make small hedgehog holes in their fences and walls – especially where your street connects to one of the Heaton’s many green spaces.  Our expert volunteers will do all the work, and can even suggest other ways to make your garden more wildlife friendly.  In the end we’ll make a map of the Heatons Hedgehog Highways and work with all our new hedgehog friends to see if we can make the Heatons a happier place for hedgehogs.

If you would like to get involved please drop us a line at, tweet us via @slheatons or come to our free meeting upstairs at The Nursery Inn, Green Lane, Heaton Norris at 7.00pm on Thurs 25th Feb.  Our special guest that evening will be the writer, broadcaster and hedgehog expert Hugh Warwick who will inform and entertain us with his unbridled enthusiasm for our little spiny friends.   You will also be able to help us shape the project and you’d be very welcome to stay for our AGM following the talk.  We look forward to seeing you.

While a ticket isn’t necessary, it would help us know how many bowls of peanuts to put out, if you could register on Eventbrite:

Tickets do not need to be printed out.

If you want to know more about helping hedgehogs have a look at www.hedgehogstreet.orgHedgehog

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