It’s the end of another year and we are delighted to announce we have just donated over £300 to the Bat Conservation Trust. This money will be used to help fund the National Bat Helpline, which relies on the hard work and dedication of hundreds of volunteers. This includes bat carers who rehabilitate injured bats, roost visitors who help homeowners with bat roosts and volunteers that answer phones on the Out Of Hours (OOH) helpline in the summer.
During 2017, 14,981 enquiries were received by the Helpline in total by phone, email and post. 2337 of these enquiries came through the OOH service. As a result of the help provided via the helpline, thousands of bats and their roosts are conserved each year.
The service is available to anyone who is interested in or concerned about bats. The Helpline can be reached on 0345 1300 228 or via email between 9.00am and 5.30pm on weekdays all year round, with an OOH service provided during the summer by trained volunteers.
We are very proud to be able to help fund such a wonderful charity and play an important role in bat conservation in the UK. Without our customers support this would not be possible, so to you we say a big THANK YOU!
Photos above - brown long-eared bat and common pipistrelle bat, taken from Bat Conservation Trust website.
You can help support the BCT by purchasing some of our bat gifts. We donate 10% of every sale to the BCT.
This week is hedgehog awareness week, so if you are wondering how you can help hedgehogs, check out these top ten tips on what you can do to help hedgehogs in your garden here. You can also spread the word on social media using #hedgehogweek
Why not help raise funds for hedgehog conservation by purchasing one of our hedgehog products? We donate 10% of all our hedgehog products to the People's Trust for Endangered Species.
A Few Hedgehog Facts:
- The most important invertebrates in their diet are worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars, earwigs and millipedes.
- Reproduction occurs any time between April and September, but the period of greatest activity, ‘the rut’, occurs in May and June in Britain.
- The average litter size of four or five young, of which two or three are usually weaned successfully.
- As the name suggests they are often found near hedgerows, which provide ideal locations for nest sites, a good supply of invertebrates on which they feed, protection from predators and important movement corridors.
- During hibernation hedgehogs are not really asleep, instead they drop their body temperature to match their surroundings and enter a state of torpor.
- Hedgehogs usually hibernate from October/November through to March/April.
- Badgers are the principal natural predator of hedgehogs in the UK, as they are the only creature strong enough to overcome the spiny defences.
- We appear to have lost around 30% of the population since 2002 and therefore it seems likely that there are now fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK.
- Hedgehogs now appear to be declining in the UK at the same rate as tigers are globally – at around 5% a year, both in rural and urban habitats.
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If you live in or near Kettering in Northamptonshire, I urge you to drop into The Old Rectory Gardens, in Sudborough, Kettering. With beautiful gardens to walk round, events, plants to buy, delicious homemade cakes, teas, coffees and a hand picked selection of garden themed goodies to buy within The Old Potting Shed, you are guaranteed a very enjoyable and peaceful day out. We proudly supply a selection of Creature Candy products to The Old Rectory Gardens, and you can buy these in The Old Potting Shed.
For the first time ever, the gardens are open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday between April and the end of September from 12-4.30pm. So why not pop over and receive a very warm welcome from The Old Rectory Team. We are set to have some lovely weather over the bank holiday so this is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Reflecting its Georgian heritage, The Gardens complement the elegance of The Old Rectory itself and have been developed over many years by each of its owners. Included within the gardens are a pretty walled Potager, designed by Rosemary Verey, full of formal symmetry and bursting with seasonal vegetables, flowers and fruit. This leads on to a Twisted Hazel Spring Garden, where water gently flows over an old copper bowl. Framing the main lawn are 3 deep borders and a gravel garden, each bursting with some rare and unusual shrubs, plus a variety of annuals for colour across the seasons. Close to fifty varieties of roses, complimented by sweet- smelling, in winter, low hedges of Sarcococca confusa, can fill the air with scent. The whole setting is punctuated by stunning trees, including Prunus maackii, Amber Beauty and a veteran False Acacia. All providing a feast for the senses.
Travelling past the pond and across the brook towards the woodland, the gardens gradually blend into nature. Here you are welcome to reflect and be tranquil, eventually wandering back, through the Potager into the Yellow Garden, where tea and homemade cakes are served from The Old Potting Shed.
The Old Rectory Gardens is not only for keen gardeners but for those seeking space and peace. It is a place to sit in and be still. Why not stop and listen to the birds, whilst relaxing on the swing seat by the brook? You may even catch a glimpse of the Kingfisher, darting down the stream or the white streak of an Egret fishing in the Lily pond!
You can find out more about the gardens and their list of events here.
The Old Rectory
Northampton NN14 3BX
Our new tote bags are the perfect accessory for Spring and make a great Mothers Day gift too. 10% of the purchase price of these bags will be donated to the children's charity Greenfingers - a charity that creates gardens for children in hospices.
Great little article in Gardener's World Magazine this month about creating a bug hotel. Look how beautiful they can look in your garden and you can get really creative.
We have just started a new project to raise money for a new charity - Greenfingers. This is a brilliant charity that creates gardens for children in hospices, and provides places for them to spend time with their loved ones throughout their illnesses.
Our wildlife product of the month for September is our wildflower seedballs. September and October are the perfect months to plant wildflowers, so why not create a wildlife haven in your garden and provide a valuable source of food for bees, butterflies and moths next year!
One of our new designs is the puffin, but did you know that this beautiful, charismatic bird has recently been added to the Red List due to a dramatic decline?
Here are some facts you may not know about this bird.......
Every month we will be choosing a wildlife product of month, to try to encourage more of you to turn your gardens into wildlife havens. This month we have chosen the bee brick by Green & Blue.
We are delighted to announce that once again we have been shortlisted for the Country Homes & Interiors My Country Business Awards 2017, under the home accessory crafters and makers category. This is the third year we have been lucky enough to be shortlisted, so we are hoping that this year is our year!
We are supporting Bees for Development - a charity encouraging beekeeping in order to tackle poverty in developing countries. Bees for Development will be holding a Bee Garden Party in London on Thursday 29th June, which Creature Candy will be supporting by donating some of our products to help raise funds at the event.
Some great tips on making your garden hedgehog friendly......
Our continued donations to our six charities are only possible as a result of the purchases made by our customers and supporters, and for this we cannot thank you enough. Our recent donation of £153.86 to the Bat Conservation Trust will help contribute towards the fantastic work they do to engage and educate more people about bats and bat conservation..........
We've teamed up with Seedball for Wild About Gardens Week to offer you a great giveaway. Simply tell us about your wildlife project or make a pledge to create a wildlife friendly area in your garden or community, and write a short blog about it. In return we will enter your name into a prize draw to win the following goodies: