Why is our native wildlife in such decline? Well .......Habitat loss, tree felling, plastics, poisons and pesticides, large scale housing developments on green belt, neat and tidy gardens, artificial grass, fencing with concrete kickboards, the list is endless, but one thing's for sure, it is having a serious and detrimental impact on our wildlife and nature. Isn't it time we stood up and said "enough is enough" ?
The hedgehog was once a common sight in the UK, but now many children will say "I've never seen a hedgehog". Or older people will say "when I was young, there used to be lots of hedgehogs, but I haven't seen one for years" Why is that do you think?
We need to plant more trees, flowers and shrubs to feed our wildlife. Their lives are tough enough in the wild, especially in Winter. Our Project, Wake up to Wildlife will make this a priority.
We would like children to plant sunflowers seeds, watch them grow in the sunshine, then dry out the heads and hang them up for birds to have a tasty meal !
How many people can honestly say they have walked in a forest and enjoyed the sight of an Early Purple Orchid? These beautiful orchids can be found in our local woods, along with bluebells and celandine. This Spring, why not visit your local forest and enjoy their beauty?
Kestrels are in decline, again due to habitat loss and shortage of nesting sites. Can we erect more kestrel boxes to help halt this decline?
Our native red squirrel was a common sight when I was a child in West Yorkshire. But where are they now? You will only see Red Squirrels in Scotland, Cumbria and one or two areas in North Yorkshire. This is so worrying. Our native wildlife should not be declining at the rate it is.
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.