Hedgehog Welfare PO Box 8686 Grantham, NG31 0AG - 07940 714830
Please always call before you bring a hedgehog and you should never leave a hedgehog without seeing someone in person.
We could be on holiday or away for the weekend.
Hedgehogs are decreasing in numbers please help them by:
1. If you find an injured hedgehog, telephone for assistance sooner rather than later
2. If you disturb a hedgehog nest, pick up the nest wearing gloves, including Mum (do not let her run away) and the hoglets (baby hedgehogs), placing everything in a high sided box and obtain help ASAP. Do not keep opening box to check as the mother may kill her young.
3. Always leave out clean water at ground level
4. Feed in the early evening with a good quality cat or hedgehog biscuits
5. Never feed bread and milk or use slug pellets as these can kill hedgehogs
6. Call for assistance if you find an underweight (450g) hedgehog in the late autumn
7. Pick up any postman rubber bands as they can cause terrible injuries
Just to let everyone know that the hedgehogs are starting to think about hibernation, the ones we have in cages waiting to get to their release weight are starting to go down for an odd night and do not eat then they are eating the next night, this is usual and reflects what happens in the wild. (Hibernation weight is 450g although that was set when winters were much harder and longer, by the by our release weight is slightly heavier than hibernation weight because they have to work harder to find food in the wild although we always do provide a pack up to help them over the first week and we also provide a nest box but sometimes they prefer to make their own nest).
We have had a notice from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society regarding the feeding of Meal Worms to hedgehogs in care, they state dried mealworms are not recommended for long-term feeding because hedgehogs become addicted to them and will refuse any other food and they have very little nutritional value and can actually strip calcium from the hedgehog due to the calcium/phosphorous ratio in them. So here at Hedgehog Welfare we have never recommended feeding hedgehogs mealworms as we felt it was not correct towards a balanced diet, they need a good protein diet and we recommend either Spikes dried biscuits or the semi moist or a good quality kitten biscuit.
I would also like to thank the Newark Advertiser for the piece they did on hedgehogs, it resulted in over 100 calls (a bit manic for us) but a lot of good information was given out in the article and we really appreciate it.
Following a talk at the Newark Town and District Club on 35 Barnbygate, Newark NG24 1PX, a short time ago, they have informed me that they are having a Let's Do Christmas and some of the proceeds from that they will send to Hedgehog Welfare. This is to support the beautiful old historical building in Newark Town Centre and help Hedgehog Welfare at the same time.
Please continue to feed the hedgehogs in the garden they do so need it at this time of the year. Remember the plant pot saucer of water and to check it is clean and not frozen before you retire to your bed.
Thank you for caring about Hedgehogs