TWO hedgehogs now have new homes, thanks to a link-up between Bromsgrove’s Willows rescue centre and Worcester’s Abberley House Nursery.
Last year Wilson, a male, was released into the nursery’s forest school woodland and now a second one – Mrs Tiggy Winkle – has arrived.
The collaboration came about after conversations between Jane Dallard, the nursery’s forest school leader, and Willows’ Jayne Lawrence. Jane had taken hogs she had found in the past to Willows and both agreed the nursery’s wooded area was a perfect environment for them.
Jayne said: “The conditions are ideal and who knows, if the pair get together we may have some little hoglets on the way.”
She added it had been a busy year for Willows which was currently full to capacity.
“The summer went really well with the juveniles but we are in a race against time to get the latest ones out by the last week in October as we don’t like setting them free in the week of Bonfire Night,” she added.
“It’s great that so many people have contacted us because it means more people are looking out for hedgehogs and helping them but it can leave us stretched.”
Jayne said anyone who wanted to help their local hogs could leave out cat, dog or hedgehog food for the prickly critters. But she advised against feeding them peanuts, mealworms and sunflower hearts which were thought to be nutritious for hedgehogs but have now been found to be poisonous.
Willows is always looking for people to offer them a helping hand by volunteering. Visit willowshedgehogrescue.co.uk for more.