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Mammals of Doddington Wood


  • Hedgehogs are Britain’s only spiky mammal. An adult will have roughly 6000 spines that are made of keratin (like our hair and nails). The spines are creamy brown in colour.

  • Hedgehogs have four legs and they can run quite fast. They have a small tail.

  • If a hedgehog feels threatened it will curl into a ball shape until the danger has passed.

  • Hedgehogs are nocturnal (sleep during the day). They tend to come out at night. Due to this they have poor eyesight and rely on their sense of smell and hearing.

  • Hedgehogs like to eat worms, slugs, beetles, earwigs etc. They are sometimes called the gardeners friend due to this.

  • Wild hedgehogs live two to five years.

  • Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets.

  • You can help hedgehogs if you have a garden by leaving out water, calcium worms and dry kitten food. You can make or cut a hole in your fence to make it easy for hedgehogs to visit your garden. This is often called a hedgehog highway as it allows hedgehogs to come and go in your garden. Please do not feed hedgehogs milk, as it makes them poorly as they are lactose intolerant.

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Image by Jody Confer


  • Bats are nocturnal (sleep during day) mammals that can be seen on warm summer evenings. They fly 2 to 10 metres above the ground searching for food that they eat mid flight.

  • Cramlington has common pipistrelle bats. They weigh five grams which is roughly the same as a 20 pence coin. Their wingspan is 20 to 30 cms. They are dark brown in colour. A single pipistrelle bat can eat up to 3000 small insects in one night. They eat small flies and midges.

  • Bats like to live in roofs/eves and tree holes or bat boxes.

  • Bats hibernate during the winter.

  • Baby bats are called pups.

  • Bats live for four to five years.

  • Seven Oaks Park in Cramlington has pipistrelle bats and you can see them flying on warm summer evenings. If you have a garden you can sometimes see bats flying on warm summer evenings chasing flies.

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