Remembering Summer as we approach a new decade, and help for Hedgehogs in Marmalade Lane

Photo Credit: Carol Inskipp Sphaerophoria scripta Long Hover Fly

Thanks so very much indeed to everyone that made our 2019 events possible, in terms of providing funding, sharing knowledge and expertise, lending a helping hand at our activities, or coming along to learn and take part.

We hope to see some regulars and meet some new people at our 2020 events.

Looking back to much warmer times, here are the photos from the mini Bioblitz at the Wildflower Bank held on 5 July this year. Most of the species are things we’ve seen there before, but there are one or two new invertebrates too.

Many thanks to Carol Inskipp of OPWP for all of the following photos and species identification, and Tim Inskipp for ID expertise.

The community at Marmalade Lane have taken in several underweight Hedgehogs to look after over winter. They wouldn’t have survived their winter sleep being as lightweight as they were.

Marmalade Lane is appealing for paper, even leftover Christmas present wrapping paper will help for the Hedgehog’s bedding. They are low on newspaper to line their β€˜runs’. On top of the newspaper they have torn up newspaper strips. Please leave any newspaper, or wrapping paper outside the Common house, Number 9 Marmalade Lane. They are open to visitors from Orchard Park, if you would like to visit the hedgehogs over the holidays send a message to Frances Wright via Facebook Messenger and the Inside Orchard Park Facebook Group.

Here they are a day or two after they’d been taken in, I hear they’re doing much better and looking a lot healthier now. They should be good to go out back into the wilds of Orchard Park when the weather has warmed and they’re up to a safe weight next year.

Happy New Year to you all πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

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