Hedgehogs update

this will be the last post about hedgehogs for a while, I promise!

Here’s a site with info about streets that have created hedgehog-friendly routes through their gardens. http://www.hedgehogstreet.org

(Who knew hedgehogs were checking their routes online, they must be nicking our wifi).

26th october to 1st november is ‘Wild About Gardens’ week when people are being encouraged to make sites safe for hibernation. www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk



Hedgehogs on Elmfield

Some of us will have been lucky enough to spot a number of hedgehogs this year, both out on the road and in our gardens. Hedgehogs are fascinating to watch and are also great news for gardeners as they love to munch on slugs and snails. The best time to spot them seems to be when it’s starting to get dark out on the street then a bit later as they work their way through our gardens.

If you want to encourage them into your garden you need to make sure there are gaps in your fence that they can find their way through. Leaving a corner of your garden overgrown might also help, but remember not to disturb it during the winter months.

Don’t put bread and milk out to attract them, although it is possible to put out some types of food to help them build up for hibernation.

Here’s a useful guide to encouraging hedgehogs from the RSPB (though not sure why, as they aren’t birds!).

Love the Lea festival returns to Walthamstow Marshes

“This year’s festival, due to take place from 11am to 7pm on Sunday 23 August, returns to Walthamstow Marshes picnic site (below Springfield Marina), just across the river from Springfield Park.”

More info at


Welcome to Elmfield’s newest residents: The Three Graces.