Is Your WI Joining in Operation Hedgehog?

You have until Monday 6th January 2020 to send in your WI’s application form!

The Allsop Cup Competition for 2020 will be a year-long study of hedgehogs! ‘Operation Hedgehog’ will put your WI to work investigating the hedgehog population in your area.

Coordinated by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, ‘Operation Hedgehog’ aims to raise awareness of the decline in hedgehogs, to get us all involved in a better understanding of the status of hedgehogs in Cornwall and to encourage people to create hedgehog-friendly habitats, both public and private.

Your WI’s submission may be created using any medium, showing the initiatives that you have carried out over the year – from scrapbook to video diary and everything in between!

Your study will take place from 1st January 2020 until 31st December 2020.

Subjects suggested by Cornwall Wildlife Trust include:

  • New hedgehog-friendly villages, such as Portreath.
  • Hedgehog monitoring: Possibly setting up long-term monitoring to track the trend of hedgehog populations in Cornwall (perhaps using a hedgehog footprint tunnel survey). Hedgehog tunnels are available to purchase from NHBS (Natural History Book Service).
  • Holding local events to raise hedgehog awareness in your area: in schools or community or village halls, at fetes, at festivals, rallies, etc.
  • Checking on local area grounds maintenance programmes, and examining hedgehog-friendly policies for both existing public open spaces (parks, graveyards, etc.) and new devleopments. 

Useful contacts for further information:

  • Tom Shelley, Cornwall Wildlife TrustConservation Manager:
  • Prickles and Paws Hedgehog Rescue: (01637 831299)

The Allsop Cup Competition is an environmental study which is open to all WIs in Cornwall and which takes place every five years. The competition runs for a full year.

Your ‘Operation Hedgehog’ will take place from 1st January 2020 until 31st December 2021. The final date for you to post or deliver your WI’s completed submission to CFWI is Thursday 28th January 2021, giving you a full month to finalise your entry.

Your submission must be the work of a minimum of four members. The name of your WI and the names of those involved MUST NOT be included in your exhibit. A separate sheet containing your WI name and the names and contact details of those involved must be submitted along with the entry, but must not be part of the entry.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust will judge the entries and the winning WI will be announced at Spring Countdown in 2021.

For further information, please contact Felicity Penneycard of the Environment & Public Affairs sub-committee.



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  1. Thanks so much for all the WI posts – I thoroughly enjoy reading them each day. Lovely to see what the other ladies are up to.
    Truly inspirational. Thank You.

    Yes please, we have discussed the Allsop Cup at C&L and in a panic, because I wasn’t sure of the closing dates – I sent a ‘personal’ cheque to cover the entry fee.
    A number of us came to Operation Hedgehog and others at C&L are very interested.
    All best wishes Xxx

    • Sylvia, you will need to contact the office if you’re looking to confirm receipt of your cheque. Best of luck to your members with their Allsop Cup entry!


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