Architect custom builds green home for rescue hog

Hedgehog rescued from a spiky situation

A Runcorn architect custom-built his own green build retrofitted hog shelter after being brought a rescue hedgehog.

Workers at the Glen in Palacefields stepped in when they spotted a hedgehog fighting for his life in a pothole full of water. The project, carried out by Riverside Housing, is to retrofit 35 houses in Runcorn, addressing heat loss and damp issues.

Kathy New from fuel poverty charity National Energy Action, that funded the project from its Technical Innovation Fund, said: “Hedgehogs are endangered in Britain and this one was well spotted by site manager Darren from Caribou who cleaned him off. He was taken in by architect Jon Moorhouse who built him a shelter especially.”

Jon added: “It was interesting because some people doing hedgehog research had just been to my mum’s house to install a camera, looking at movement and capturing numbers. So I was made aware about them and had some knowledge of how to look after them.”

Named Bear Quills for his exploratory and survival skills, the hedgehog is now making a full recovery.

Bear Quills the TIF rescue hedger



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Press enquiries: Sahdia Hassen, Communications Officer at NEA on 0191 269 2908 or email

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