Today at Wivey Grows we had a Hedgehog event which was well attended by adults and children. Rich had worked hard and cut out the pattern of Hedgehog boxes, so the first thing we did was assemble them.
This was two sides and a back, and the front had a curved entry for the hedgehog. We also had to put in a small interior wall for drafts then the roof was fitted. We then painted them with water-based fencing paint. By the time we had done this, we had a well-deserved cup of tea.
Santi and her son Nathan arrived from the SPIKY SHIRE HEDGEHOG RESCUE centre and gave a very informative talk on Hedgehog behaviour, feeding (what not to feed), garden items that can harm hedgehogs, from netting to ponds. We also learnt about the mating and life expectancy of hedgehogs which can be as long as 4 to 5 years! Santi told us how to build a feeding station out of a large plastic container and also what we should put inside the hedgehog houses that we had built.
She then had a treat for young and old alike and brought out a mobile incubator which held three 11-day old hedgehogs that had been orphaned. She bought them out and fed them with a syringe of special milk.
We presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a box of selected veg that we had harvested as a thank you. Donations to the hedgehog centre were also given by attending people as she is self-funded, and the special milk alone is costly.
Please if anyone has more donations for the SPIKY SHIRE HEDGEHOG RESCUE, please contact them, I am sure it will be gratefully received.
This year due to the heat and dryness they are inundated with sick and injured and orphaned Hedgehogs.
Please be very careful when building fires, moving compost piles and using cutting machines a hedgehog's life might be in danger. They are on the red list of endangered wildlife.