The origins of our organisation lie in a small community based initiative created by our current director, driving force, and founder, alexander Howson. Recognising that hedgehogs were dying at an alarming rate within his local community, he launched the Tameside hedgehog drive at the age of twenty. Bringing together a team of local volunteers, the project built and gave away over 200 hedgehog homes and distributed thousands of pieces of information on how the community could aid hedgehogs. The scheme was roaring success and wildlife one was officially formed to keep the project going. 2019 saw a subsequent role out of the scheme with local school and colleagues signing up to partake in educational talks and include the project within their woodwork curriculums.
Unfortunately, the covid-19 pandemic stalled a lot of Society’s progress for 2020 and 2021. However, wildlife one persisted with its information distribution and its efforts to involve and educate local communities.
Now, in 2022, the hedgehog drive is back and bigger than ever with a national focus. Our director is travelling the country giving free conservation talks to local schools and communities, we have produced free lesson plans for key stage one & two, and we’re carrying on with our free hedgehog box distribution scheme. Click on our great British hedgehog drive page to discover more…
The Wildlife One Society was always about tackling local grassroots education around conservation, and being practical about the ways Individual and Communities can be involved in animal Welfare and Preserving the natural order. Alongside our more conventional conservation schemes, since 2019, Wildlife One has Regularly published conservation news, articles educating the public on diffrent wildlife species, and held talks on wildlife.
Many of our volunteers are also involved in education, and part of our directors Wildlife One 2022 directive has been to get our content regularly taught in schools, and to provide free educational packs to local community projects such as guides, scouts, cadets and local community centres.