Injured or sick hedgehogs are often brought into SESAW, usually because they’ve been seen wandering around during the day or nests have been disturbed. This year was no different, but the prolonged dry weather meant that hedgehogs ready for release (into supported release sites) were delayed. Two hedgehogs passed the time by helping increase the hedgehog numbers, hence 2 became 8!! All 8 have now been released into suitable areas where our volunteers provide backup food and water etc.
Hedgehogs numbers have fallen by up to 50% in rural areas. We can all do our bit to help our hedgehogs. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society ( www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk ) and People’s Trust for Endangered Species ( www.ptes.org ) provide very detailed help and advice on what you can do.
With bonfire night approaching, please check all leaf/log piles before lighting. Watch out when gardening with rakes, forks, spades, etc. too – you never know who might be hiding!
Please take care of all wildlife year round. Thank you for reading, feel free to share 🦔