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Hedgehogs in the Park

An FSP member and dog walker has taken up the role of Hedgehog Guardian after discovering there is a growing population of ‘hogs’ inhabiting Shrewsbury Park. This is her initial idea that we hope to support and put in place – with your help.

Michelle says: “This hot and arid weather is a real problem for them. They can’t dig for food because the ground’s too hard, and of course, water is in scarce supply. One of the key things I was thinking about was putting ‘water stations’  (i.e.pet water bowls) in strategic locations in the park. If we can get people on board with helping to keep them regularly topped up with fresh water, then this would be fantastic. I’m happy to do this when I go out with my dogs of a morning, but if we can maybe get some ‘hedgehog champions’ on board, then that’d be great.”

Those of you who came on the May Bat Walk will know firsthand that hedgehogs are about in the night – we met one who simply froze when spotted in torchlights until we crept back to the path and let it get on with foraging for dinner.

Keep your eyes open and report any sightings. There will be a Hedgehog Stall at the Summer Festival to learn more about their habits and how to get involved in their welfare.

Summer Festival Frolics on 9 July 1-5pm

The new drinking fountain, The Watering Hole, will be opened with style at 12.30 to kick off our Summer Festival Frolics!

Last minute requests for help if you can to…

SET UP on the day, from 11 am.

BAKING savoury veggie snacks like pakoras etc.

SOFT TOYS for the tombola

Please contact the Management Committee on werfsp@gmail.com. Thanks to all those members who have volunteered already.

We are showcasing Jazz Nights, Pytchwood, The Gillies, StepZ Dance troupe, D Ng Tai Chi and Bexley Ukelele Band for your musical delight. The Meerkat Menagerie will be cavorting around when least expected, amongst a vast array of stalls and cakes, crafts and telescopes. And of course the Dog Show will be in full voice in the big field.  Something for everyone!

Spread the word!

 

Bat Walk – Friday 19 May, 8.30pm

Meet in the car park at twilight for an introduction from bat-wise FSP members who will lead this adventure through the Park using our eyes, ears and bat detectors!

  • Walk is free to members, £2 others (but free to join on the day)
  • Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Walk lasts about 1 1/2 hours and torches are helpful
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead

If you have mobility issues or enquiries please contact us on werfsp@gmail.com and we will help you participate. The trail is a mix of paved path, gravel and grass.

If it rains neither the bats nor us will be coming out!