Knit for Nature
Meet Rustle the Hedgehog and Bluebell the Baby Hedgehog, the
stars of Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Knit for Nature campaign!
We want to encourage knitters across the county and beyond to gather their knitting needles and yarn to raise awareness of declining hedgehog numbers and raise funds that will help to conserve all wildlife in Somerset.
All proceeds from the knitting patterns go directly to the Trust. Once you’ve received a pattern you're welcome to knit as many hedgehogs as you like for your family and friends (or just for yourself - they are cute!), but if you have the time and materials to knit an extra hedgehog or two to send back to us, we’d really appreciate it.
The response so far has been brilliant and our knitted hedgehogs are touring the county this summer at a variety of events. Towards the end of the year we'll be selling them to raise further funds, so watch this space as Knit for Nature progresses.
Don't forget to share photos of your creations on social media - maybe you knitted Rustle in some crazy colours, or perhaps you took Bluebell with you to a wild or exotic location? We want to know!
How to get involved...
The Rustle the Hedgehog and Bluebell the Baby Hedgehog knitting patterns are available from our online shop for £3.50 and £2.50 respectively, with the option to recieve the pattern either by email or, with the addition of £1 p&p, by post.
Please share your photos and stories with us using #knitfornature on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or email them to and we will feature them on our website.
If you’d like to send some hedgehogs back to us, the address is Somerset Wildlife Trust, 34 Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5AW
Hedgehog Fact Box
• Can grow up to 25cm in length and weigh up to 2kg, their lifespan is typically 2 to 3 years.
• Found in variety of habitats, most likely to be spotted between April and May as hibernates during winter months.
• Easy to identify as Britain’s only spiny mammal, their coat contains around 6,000 spines.
• Diet mostly consists of invertebrates, including caterpillars, beetles and slugs, making them a gardener’s best friend.
Take a look at the Knit for Nature Gallery.
Want to encourage hedgehogs in your garden? Find out more about wildlife gardening and check out Rustle's tips.
Why do hedgehogs need help?
Hedgehogs are classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan - a third of the British population has been lost in 10 years.
There are many contributing reasons for the decline in hedgehog numbers, both in urban and rural locations. These include impenetrable garden fencing, use of chemicals and pesticides, roads and traffic volume, and loss of hedgerows and permanent pasture.
A word about badgers: while badgers will hunt hedgehogs, there is no evidence that they are a major factor in species decline. Badgers and hedgehogs have coexisted in the UK for many thousands of years, and hedgehog numbers are falling even in areas with low badger densities.
Rustle and Bluebell were designed especially for Somerset Wildlife Trust by Amanda Berry - check her website for lots more lovely designs.
'Knit for Nature' is a registered trademark of Somerset Wildlife Trust.