Hedgehog hospital raises vital funds
A HEDGEHOG hospital in Frampton-on-Severn has raised hundreds of pounds to help it keep its rescue work going.
The three-year-old hospital, called Wild Hogs, is one of four in the county, with others at Tetbury, Kings Stanley and Brimscombe in Stroud.
Secretary of the Frampton centre, Jo Bisley, recently held a fundraising garden party which raised £636 towards a new microscope, which will help check if the rescued animals have lung worm or other similar diseases.
Ms Bisley told the Gazette she wanted to thank the people who had donated but that the charity always needed more support.
The hibernating mammal’s numbers are thought to have declined by around 90 per cent in the last 50 years due to increased traffic, fenced-off gardens reducing their mobility, pesticides, ornamental ponds and the use of strimmers in gardens.
Between the four centres, 160 hedgehogs were rescued over the last winter and the not-for-profit organisation is keen to point out the dos and do-nots of hedgehog conservation.
Ms Bisley said the biggest danger for the animal at this time of year was bonfires as they will often look to make them their new home before they are lit.
"Another big push we are doing is that because we’ve had such warm weather, hedgehogs are breeding too late and their offspring will not be big enough when it is time to hibernate through the winter," she said.
"If you find any young hogs found to be lighter than 600g please contact the hospital."
One urban myth that Jo is keen to dispel is that hedgehogs enjoy bread and milk which are left out for them, when in fact it will kill them as they are lactose intolerant.
She suggests instead a saucer of water and chicken-flavoured cat food.
If you have seen an injured or ill hedgehog, call the 24-hour emergency line on 01453 823871.
To donate or find out more about the cause, visit www.helpahedgehog.co.uk
Comments are closed on this article.