Over the past few months, my lovely friend Sue has been getting involved with the rescue and rehabilitation of hedgehogs thanks to a charity called Hedgehog Helpline. And I've been adoring all the photo updates of her foster hedgehogs named Sonic and Rosie.
Say hello to "Rosie"...
Sue, a volunteer for Hedgehog Helpline, is a married mum-of-two, and cares for several cute hedgehogs in her own home by making sure they are on the road to recovery! She nurtures them, feeds them, weighs them, medicates them and loves them!
A delicious meal of scrambled eggs and mealworms!
You can help hedgehogs all year round with a DIY feeding station. Simple place bricks in a square design, and top with a wooden roof or paving slab. Inside, you can leave water (never milk) and cat food for your local hedgehogs to enjoy. I'm going to ask Tristan and Scarlett to make one in our garden this weekend - blog post and video coming soon!
If you find an injured hedgehog, or one that's out in daytime, here is what you can do to help:
1) Put a hot water bottle (filled with warm, not hot water) wrapped in a towel in the bottom of a box
2) Cover the hedgehog in a towel or fleece (allowing the hedgehog room to wiggle)
3) Provide fresh water and a small amount of wet cat food. Do not attempt to force or hand feed
4) Call your local hedgehog helpline asap. If you are in South Wales, you can call Hedgehog Helpline. If you are in another area, please contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
You can find out more about Hedgehog Helpline on their website, Facebook and Twitter. You can also donate hedgehog goodies via their Amazon Wish List!