Knit for Nature
Meet our new stars of our Knit for Nature campaign, Betty and Buzz the Bumblebees, who join much-loved Boris the Barn Owl, Rustle the Hedgehog and Bluebell the Baby Hedgehog!
Barn Owls, hedgehogs and bumblebees are in grave danger. Barn Owl numbers have declined by 70% in the UK since the 1930s, due to the loss of available nest sites and reduction of the rough grassland areas that support their small mammal prey - and also changes in land use. Also since the 1930s we have lost 97% of our meadows, meaning there is a sharp decline in the habitat of our precious bees, who help provide one in every three mouthfuls of our food. And we cannot forget our hedgehogs, as since 2002 their population has decreased by 30% due to the disappearance of our hedgerows and permanent pasture, increase in roads and traffic and the use of pesticides amongst other things. But, there is plenty we can all do to reverse these trends!
Our work to to deliver richer habitats for these species across our reserves, and to encourage people to make a difference in their own gardens or on their land continues, but we can’t do it alone. We need help from people in the communities where these wonderful animals choose to make their homes. We need people to care and take action. And, if you’re a nifty knitter, there’s now a simple way that YOU can support our work AND Have fun at the same time!
With the help of Amanda Berry, crafty knitter extraordinaire, we’ve produced three wonderful knitting patterns that you can buy in our shop. We want you to put the kettle on, gather your knitting needles and yarn and help raise awareness of the importance of protecting the Barn Owls and Hedgehog in your communities, as well as raise important funds that will help us continue our work to conserve these species in Somerset.
When you buy a pattern, all proceeds from the knitting patterns go directly to the work we do to safeguard vulnerable species in Somerset. Once you’ve received a pattern you're welcome to knit as many hedgehogs or barn owls as you like for your family and friends, but if you have the time and materials to knit an extra animal or two to send back to us, we’d REALLY appreciate it. Maybe you could even host a tea party or coffee morning to knit with friends and raise extra funds through the sale of those that you knit, or have a cake sale at the same time. Every penny raised means that we can continue our work – and YOUR help will really make a real difference.
Don't forget to share photos of your creations on social media - maybe you knitted Boris in some crazy colours, placed Betty the bumblebee in a posie of flowers or perhaps you took Bluebell with you to a wild or exotic location? We want to know!
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 barn owls or hedgehogs back to us, to use as props at events etc., please send them to Emma Jones, Somerset Wildlife Trust, 34 Wellington Road, Taunton, TA1 5AW
'Knit for Nature' is a registered trademark of Somerset Wildlife Trust.
Rustle, Bluebell, betty and Buzz were designed especially for Somerset Wildlife Trust by Amanda Berry - check her website for lots more lovely designs.