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Hedgehog Help Needed

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Foster Carers – we need your help!

Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue is a charity set up by a group of people in the Warwickshire area in order to deal with sick, injured and abandoned Hedgehogs until they can be released back into the wild.

Would you like to help hedgehogs by becoming a Foster Carer?

We take in sick, injured, abandoned or just underweight hedgehogs and bring them back to full health so that they can be released back into the wild. During the autumn we take in a large number of “Autumn Juveniles” that are just too small to safely hibernate. These need to be over wintered for their own safety in a controlled environment with food and water and this is where foster carers can be of great help.

Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue will car-ry out any medical treatment that the hedgehogs require, so you receive a healthy and clean hedgehog that just needs to build up its weight.

Hedgehogs are welcome visitors to most gardens but unfortunately their numbers are declining fast and they need all the help they can get. A large number get killed on our roads each year, but they can also get easily caught up in things such as wire, string, or elastic bands which can lead to infection or possibly even death.

If you would like to encourage hedge-hogs into your garden, leave out a saucer of meat-based pet food and a dish of water especially during summer months or in extreme weather conditions, but do not give them milk or bread as this makes them poorly.

Providing a wildlife area in your garden will attract a diverse number of insects which the hedgehogs will love. This area could include a wood pile, compost heap, bog garden, rockery or pond. Hedgehogs can swim but if they fall into a pond and can’t get out, they tire easily and will drown, so make garden ponds hedgehog friendly.

If you have to use slug pellets, place them in a pipe or under a slate so they are inaccessible to hedgehogs. Dead slugs must be removed immediately and use other garden pesticides sparingly as they can make hedgehogs sick.

Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals but if you see one out and about in the middle of the day this sometimes means it needs help. Observe it for a few minutes and see if it is walking easily or if it has any obvious injuries. Hedgehogs occasionally leave the nest for a drink or snack during the day but they may have baby hogs back home, so removing them could compromise the safety of their babies.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a foster carer, ring Louise on 01926 741255 or check out the Warwickshire Hedgehog Rescue website at www.warwickshirehedgehogrescue.org

Please note: hedgehogs are wild animals and are to be returned to the wild, we do not provide them as pets!