Acer Ecology came to the rescue of not one, but two little hedgehogs this week!
Both hedgehogs were found in the Northumberland village of Felton near Morpeth. One little critter had got stuck in a garage overnight, possibly chased in there by a dog. The other was found curled up on the side of a footpath on Saturday morning, a sure sign that all was not well. Both hedgehogs were very underweight for the time of year and certainly not fat enough to make it through hibernation.
The hedgehogs were taken to the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust. A registered charity since 2013, their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for injured and sick hedgehogs with the ultimate aim being to reintroduce healthy hedgehogs back into the wild. From their Longframlington rescue centre, staffed entirely by volunteers, the Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust provide care for approximately 400 hedgehogs each year. Our Acer Ecology hedgehogs will overwinter in the rescue centre and be released after hibernation in 2018.
Looking after so many hedgehogs is an expensive business as hedgehogs can munch their way through a lot of dog food, peanuts and mealworms! Donations are always welcome and can be made here.
The video below covers hedgehog ecology, threats, ways to survey for them and ways to help them!