An Old Leake based hedgehog rescue centre is appealing to the public to be on the lookout for hedgehogs wandering about.
Angela Smith from Caddington Hedgehogs, which rehabilitates injured hogs and returns them to the wild, said the situation for the creatures is grave this year.
She is appealing to people who see hedgehogs out during the day to safely capture them and bring them to her treatment centre in a high-sided box or bucket with an old towel over them.
“Without public help and support at this critical time, many hogs will die needlessly,” she said. “Time is running out for hedgehogs born late in the year. Older hogs will be going into hibernation weighing the required 600mg, but this year’s autumn orphans only weigh between 200-350mg and therefore cannot hibernate successfully.
“The inevitable outcome, which is re-enacted every year is for these small hogs to die of cold and starvation.”
Angela cares for hedgehpgs at her centre, offering a permanent ‘hog garden’ to disabled hedgehogs that can never return to the wild.
Angela runs the centre on her own, as is unable to offer a collection service.
Call her on 01205 872135.