3rd December 2018 — Year three children from Battle Abbey Prep School got to experience nature in their playground this week, as David Wilson Homes donated a hedgehog home to the school just in time for hibernation to begin. The educational opportunity will allow the children to witness first-hand the lifecycle of a hedgehog, providing an element of fun to the important message of preserving the British wildlife.
Once a familiar sight in British gardens, research now shows that hedgehog numbers in Britain have fallen by 66% since 1995. In light of this, David Wilson Homes, in partnership with nature conservation charity the RSPB, has collaborated with a number of local schools to provide shelter for the diminishing species. The schools will be provided with their own ‘hog home’, food, and bowl, which can be used all year round. Part of the housebuilder’s tailored educational programme, this experience will offer children the opportunity to learn valuable lessons outside of the classroom, and provide a safe, permanent home for hedgehogs.
Natalie Perry, Sales & Marketing Director for David Wilson Homes says: “David Wilson is committed to pioneering the way to support Britain’s urban wildlife, both through the way we build our homes and the campaigns that we do locally. We hope that the children at Battle Abbey Prep School enjoy learning about the life cycle of a hedgehog, and we look forward to hosting similar campaigns in the future.”
Maria Maslin, Headteacher at Battle Abbey Prep School, commented: “We feel that it is our responsibility as teachers to develop children’s awareness and understanding of the world that surrounds them. We are grateful for the opportunity that David Wilson Homes has provided us with through the hedgehog home donation, as the children are able to experience nature first hand, and learn about the importance of preserving it.”