This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. See our Cookie Policy for further details on how to block cookies.
I am happy with this


What is a Cookie

A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is a piece of data stored by a website within a browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember things that a browser had done there in the past, which can include having clicked particular buttons, logging in, or having read pages on that site months or years ago.

NOTE : It does not know who you are or look at any of your personal files on your computer.

Why we use them

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with our website so we can make them better

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet Browser cookies- what they are and how to manage them

Learn how to remove cookies set on your device

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our site :

First party cookies

These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

We use cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

Third party cookies

These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Log files

Log files allow us to record visitors’ use of the site. The CMS puts together log file information from all our visitors, which we use to make improvements to the layout of the site and to the information in it, based on the way that visitors move around it. Log files do not contain any personal information about you. If you receive the HTML-formatted version of a newsletter, your opening of the newsletter email is notified to us and saved. Your clicks on links in the newsletter are also saved. These and the open statistics are used in aggregate form to give us an indication of the popularity of the content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting.

Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch
Biggest Twitch

Going the whole hog!

Could you have a hedgehog in your garden?

Everyone knows that at The Biggest Twitch we're passionate about birds. But we're fascinated by mammals too, and there is one particular species that we've noticed is getting even harder to see these days: the hedgehog. So when our great friend Becky Clews-Roberts, Project Officer for the Mammal Monitoring Network Wales at The Mammal Society asked us if we'd be interested in finding out more about how these wonderful little characters are doing in Wales, of course we jumped at the chance.


Hedgehog, copyright The Mammal Society, photo by Derek Crawley

Here's what Becky has to say about it:

"An exciting new project has come to Wales courtesy of The Mammal Society and Natural Resources Wales.

The Mammal Monitoring Network (MaMoNet) Wales project aims to encourage people to monitor two species in particular - hedgehog and harvest mouse.

In the case of hedgehog, it is thought that numbers have declined by 50% over the last 25 years (JNCC) and unless some action is taken soon, this creature that plays such an important part in the eco-system may continue to decline.

Very little is known about the harvest mouse population in Wales so we hope to assign volunteers to a 1km2 tetrad in order to search for them.

Harvest Mouse

Harvest Mouse, copyright The Mammal Society, photo by Derek Crawley

However, at the moment, Project Officer Becky Clews-Roberts is recruiting volunteers to place a footprint tunnel in their garden or elsewhere with landowner permission.

The tunnels are to be baited (hot dogs no less!) and left against a linear route such as a hedge, overnight. Next day, collect the paper to see what prints have been left behind on the paper from the ink pad underneath!

Footprint Tunnel

Hedgehog footprint tunnel, copyright The Mammal Society, photo by Derek Crawley

The ask is that you either purchase a footprint tunnel from The Mammal Society website (they cost £9.95+p&p) or make your own. The link to the page is here along with Assembly Instructions which can be used to make your own: then ask for all records to be submitted online on the Mammal Society Atlas: which will give us the bigger picture once data has been analysed and enable us to develop a conservation strategy for hedgehog in Wales.

For further information contact Becky on or just go ahead and place your tunnel!"

Hot Dog

In case of any ID worries, this one's a hot dog!

So there you go, it's as simple as that! The perfect excuse for getting in some hot dogs (Becky doesn't specify but hedgehogs probably prefer them without mustard and ketchup!) and finding out whether you've got hedgehogs in your garden at the same time. So go on, what are you waiting for ?!


Website Developed by blah d blah