Crescent pupils raise hedgehog awareness

The Mayor with a selection of winners and runners up.

Crescent Primary School pupils have been presented with awards by the Mayor for the best posters in a hedgehog awareness poster competition.

“Is your garden Hog Happy?” is an Itchen Valley Country Park campaign to support Hedgehog Street, the national partnership between the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to support the increase of hedgehogs in the UK.

The competition challenged junior-aged pupils to incorporate Hedgehog Street’s Top 10 tips for caring for local hedgehogs into posters for the Borough to use.

The 14 shortlisted designs were then displayed and voted for by the public at Itchen Valley Country Park from the start of National Hedgehog Awareness Week (5-11 May) until the end of May.

The winning teams received hedgehog adoption packs, kindly donated by New Forest Wildlife Park, who have their own resident rescue hedgehogs. They are also invited to a private question and answer session before Hedgehog Day on 6 October at Itchen Valley Country Park.

The Wildlife Park attend the Hedgehog Days to answer questions and show off one or two of their own hedgehogs to educate children and parents to care for their local ‘hogs. Runners up teams received a free day parking permit to visit Itchen Valley Country Park with their family and a free ice cream/lolly of their choice.

Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Darshan Mann said:

 “I was delighted to award the prizes to the winning pupils who produced some great designs. I am sure that these posters will help make local people more aware of how we can all help hedgehogs.”