carers near Burnham-On-Sea handle influx of hedgehogs
hedgehogs suffering from hypothermia or orphaned have been flooding
in to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre near Burnham-On-Sea
during recent weeks.
plight and how to help them will be highlighted at the charitys
Hedgehog and Tortoise Open Weekend in East Huntspill which takes
place this weekend, July 28th and 29th.
founder Pauline Kidner told Burnham-On-Sea.com that in previous
summers baby hedgehogs had been brought in suffering from dehydration
because of a lack of water but this year hypothermia caused by
all the rain has been a big problem - although this week's hot
weather is helping them.
add to the hedgehogs woes we have also received a number
who have been orphaned by dogs rooting out their nests and scaring
mums," she said.
years ago there were 30 million hedgehogs in Britain but now there
are only an estimated 1.1 million so if we carry on at this rate
they could be almost extinct in ten years," added Pauline.
and all those attending the open weekend will be able to learn
how best to encourage hedgehogs into their gardens and what to
do to help protect them.
will also be able to see Secret Worlds family of tortoises
and meet Eric, an eight stone pet Chelonian tortoise, who is making
a guest appearance away from his home in the Chew Valley.
hours on both Saturday and Sunday are from 10am to 4pm. Admittance
is free but donations will be welcome as will tins of cat food
to help feed Secret Worlds orphaned hedgehogs.