September 30th, 2016

Bromsgrove’s Willows launches appeal for people to be ‘hoglet nannies’ to look after baby hedgehogs

Bromsgrove’s Willows launches appeal for people to be ‘hoglet nannies’ to look after baby hedgehogs Bromsgrove’s Willows launches appeal for people to be ‘hoglet nannies’ to look after baby hedgehogs
Updated: 8:10 am, Mar 15, 2016

WILLOWS Hedgehog Rescue centre in Bromsgrove is looking for volunteers to be hoglet nannies to look after baby hedgehogs.

The appeal comes amidst the arrival of spring when hedgehogs will be coming out of their hibernation slumber.

Those wanting to be a hoglet nanny need to be have a spare room in their house where the baby hedgehog can reside.

Jayne Lawrence from the centre said: “Last year we had that many babies we couldn’t cope and we only had two people who were able to help.

“And because of the milder weather this year, the hedgehogs could wake up at any time – it’s definitely going to be sooner rather than later.”

Jayne added over the last year Willows had taken in hedgehogs every single month and in April and May she and Charlie Walker, who also runs the rescue centre, would be releasing more than 100 of the creatures back into the wild.

Another scheme the pair have taken part in is a microchipping project which means all the ones released by Willows will be microchipped so they can be traced in the future.

As well as hog nannies, Willows also has a variety of other voluntary roles for people to undertake if they can spare the time.

Among them are a number of in-house posts – people are needed to go into the centre and help with the cleaning and looking after the hedgehogs there.

And Willows is always looking for people to help organise and be part of charity events.

Jayne said now was also a good time to urge people to look out for the prickly creatures in a bid to prevent injuries.

Every year, many hedgehogs are seriously injured or killed after becoming involved in strimmer or lawnmower incidents.

Jayne said she and Charlie had already taken in their first injured hogs of the year but, with residents’ help and consideration, hopefully the number of creatures hurt could be reduced.

For more information about Willows and the voluntary roles, e-mail contact@willowshedgehogrescue.co.uk or call 07518 354408.

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