About the GB Hedgehog Drive
The Great British Hedgehog Drive stands as The Wildlife One Society’s longest-running project. With a vast network of dedicated volunteers spread across the country, we’re united in our commitment to hedgehog conservation. At Wildlife One, our ethos revolves around empowering local communities. To achieve this, we collaborate with schools and other educational centres to provide free lessons and woodworking plans for our projects. Additionally, our team also visits various locations to engage with communities directly, disseminating invaluable conservation advice through leaflets, advertisements, and more. Our ultimate objective? To shift the way communities perceive conservation, equipping them with the knowledge and tools to proactively bolster hedgehog populations through hands-on initiatives.
Our current efforts in 2023
In the 2023 instalment of The Great British Hedgehog Drive, our focus is on local schools and community programmes, promoting hedgehog sustainability. Our director is journeying across the country, delivering talks on conservation, while we persist in providing free hedgehog winter homes nationwide. Click to participate and champion the cause of hedgehogs in your community.
GB Hedgehog Drive History timeline
Discover the beginnings and the journey of the GB Hedgehog drive.
Initially called the Tameside Hedgehog Drive, this community initiative was established by our founder, Alexander Howson, in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside to support hedgehog conservation
By 2019, the hedgehog drive's reach expanded to cover all of Manchester. Numerous schools came on board, signing up for conservation talks and embedding the project in their curriculum, and even more hedgehog homes were given away to the local community.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on the scheme's expansion efforts. Even so, Wildlife One kept strong ties with schools, working together to create home learning resources focused on hedgehog conservation to ensure the cause remained prominent.
As 2021 began, the Trust embarked on a journey to rebrand the hedgehog drive, transforming it into a national campaign. This initiative leaned on the dedication of grassroots volunteers for education and the promotion of hedgehog conservation.
In 2022, the Great British Hedgehog Drive further extended its efforts, providing resources, lesson plans, and community-focused programmes, as well as continuing our distribution of free hedgehog boxes across the country.
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