A Little Chalfont resident helped to keep wildlife in Amersham safe and hydrated during the recent heatwaves.
Richard Winters went above and beyond to provide wildlife with drinking water this summer. Richard filled containers with 20 litres of water daily, before setting off on foot around various Amersham woods and filling up watering holes he created.
He said: “It was very time-consuming, three hours a day, and very tiring in the hot weather – I lost four kilos!”
Richard set up ring cameras where he left the water, yielding some heartwarming videos of grateful creatures coming to drink.
“I know this isn’t enough to solve the wider issues, but to these animals it makes a significant difference.”
Richard’s love of watching wildlife really took off during the first COVID-19 lockdown. He left food out in his garden for the local hedgehogs and began to record their nightly adventures.
Richard, who described the process as ‘addictive’, now has his own youtube channel and regularly posts his Hedgehog Diaries to Facebook. Every video has a series of fun voiceovers which provide wholesome entertainment for all the family.
“The feedback has been really lovely! People tell me they watch with their kids. I’ve also had people tell me they’ve been struggling with depression, but my videos help them through the day.”
Richard only sets out enough food to help the wild hedgehogs, and not enough that they become dependent.
With summer coming to a close, he is no longer filling up the water holes in the woods, and is instead making plans for how to help once winter comes.
You can find Richard’s Hedgehog Diaries at https://www.youtube.com/user/saintguinefort