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Watch Pledgehog on BBC Landward

BBC Scotland’s farming and countryside programme ‘Landward’ will be broadcast from Dunbar on Thursday 18th April. Presenter Rosie Morton will meet Sustaining Dunbar’s Pledgehog Project Officer, Jen Walker, to see what she is doing to help hedgehogs survive there.

Jen and Rosie meeting at Dunbar Harbour (copyright Louise Davidson-Clyne).

Jen says “It has been a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the work the project is doing. Encouraging locals to make their gardens or outdoor spaces more hedgehog friendly is not only beneficial to hedgehog conservation but can also foster an interest in the natural environment, providing positive mental and physical health benefits, as well as connecting communities as people share their mutual interest in these special creatures.”

Filming in the Beehive Wildlife Garden (copyright Louise Davidson-Clyne).

She continues, “It was a lovely day filming. We initially met at the harbour, then visited Dunbar Primary School’s Nursery in the Beehive Wildlife Garden and joined children on a bug hunt and talked about the importance of insects to hedgehogs. After that Rosie chatted with one of the residents at Lammermuir House Care Home to hear about his enjoyment of finding out about the hedgehog garden visitor there. Finally, we ended at Belhaven Community Garden and talked about what people can do to help hedgehogs in their gardens.”

Filming at Lammermuir House Care Home with help from Lola, Activities Co-ordinator (copyright Louise Davidson-Clyne).
Jen showing the video footage of a hedgehog from the nighttime trail camera in the garden at Lammermuir House Care Home
(copyright Eleonora Ambus).

The Dunbar Pledgehog Project will be on episode 3 of Landward on Thursday 18th April at 8.30pm.

It will also be possible to watch on BBCIplayer:

Louise Davidson-Clyne joined us for the day to take photos to include in her photography portfolio at college. She also got an insight into the complexities of filming for television.

The Dunbar Pledgehog Project is run by Sustaining Dunbar thanks to funding from the Dunbar Community Council’s ‘Community Benefit Fund’ in 2022, Dunbar and East Linton Area Partnership and Belhaven Brewery in 2023 and Viridor and SafeDeposits Scotland in 2024.

Click logo to visit the Dunbar Pledgehog Project home page.

First image of Rosie and Jen at Belhaven Community Garden (copyright Fiona Clark).