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In early March we began Spring cleaning the entire wildlife cabin from top to bottom ready to receive the first of our wildlife orphans.
Every nook and cranny, every box, every drawer was thoroughly cleaned, the cages and intensive care units steam cleaned and disinfected.
Many people had volunteered not only to help with the cleaning, but also to continue at the Wildlife Cabin once the orphans began arriving.
But suddenly our world changed. It was announced by the Prime Minister that we all had to
Protect the NHS
This meant that no volunteers could help
That no fund raising events could take place
and no-one would bring orphans to us
Without doubt, this has been the hardest, most frightening time for the Wildlife Rescue.
With so many people confined to their homes and gardens, we saw an increase in hedgehogs being disturbed. The nests of many nursing and pregnant female hedgehogs were destroyed as people tidied their gardens and demolished sheds.
Hattie was just 3 days away from giving birth when she was disturbed and found wandering around in daylight, lost and bewildered. She gave birth to five healthy hoglets in Rescue.
WAKE UP TO WILDLIFE
21ST MARCH 2019 - Today we are collecting 29, yes 29 bird boxes from the DENBY DALE DISTRICT MEN'S SHED who have made these wonderful nest boxes for our initiative "Wake up to Wildlife"
This year we are hoping to create as many new habitats as possible especially with the amount of new developments in the area taking away valuable trees and hedges.
On the first day of Spring, 20th March, 2019, we released many of our hedgehogs. Some returned to their home and others who never had a home (babies) were found new, hedgehog friendly homes. Increasing hedgehog numbers and halting their decline is a huge part of our work.
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.