November 5th is a frightening time for wildlife especially ones who have found a lovely home inside prebuilt bonfires, please check fires before lighting have a gentle prod about inside fires to see if anything that resembles a grassy leafy mound has appeared, or better still build your fire on the afternoon (wood can be stored dry which is easier to light and building the fire on the day adds to the atmosphere and excitement for children),or move fire to a different location. Always light fires nearest to people first leaving the quieter side as an escape route for any wildlife that was missed when being checked. PLEASE KEEP OUR WILDLIFE SAFE THANK YOU.
Curtesy of Kay Bullen
Time is getting on and just as we might prepare early for Christmas so the hedgehogs must prepare to hibernation. When birds are flying to warmer climates, squirrels and Jays are building up food stores, hedgehogs are also building up their food stores; but theirs will be internal fat. One type of fat to live off and another one to kick start their waking processes.
This extra fat must be sufficient to see them through the whole of the winter. If they do not have enough fat stored they will not be able to survive the winter and may have to delay going into hibernation. However, as the weather gets colder so their natural food will disappear, this produces a vicious circle, they are searching for more food and that food is less abundant.
This is why extra food can be a life saver. A dry nest box in which to make their hibernation nest would be a bonus. Provided they have plenty of food and a dry place to sleep in, they can hibernate later or may even survive the winter without hibernating. It is not the cold weather that kills them rather the lack of food it brings. Having said that if their nest is in a cold damp environment and their bedding is damp then they will struggle against hypothermia. The young, weak, sick and elderly hedgehogs will be the most vulnerable.
A dish of water should also be provided especially if you are feeding them dry foods. If the food and water can be place inside a feeding station this would give them a certain protection from the frosts and would also keep the hedgehog dry when it is feeding in the rain or snow.
THank you so much J and JA Currid for the donation to help with our work it was very generous and very much appreciated thank you
The time of year has arrived to put a little extra food and water out for hogs who are trying to increase body fats to enable them to hybernate successfully and smaller hogs born late in the year need a little extra help they need to be 650g by the end of October for successful hibernation,any smaller than that at end of october need to come in to care.Also if ill injured or out during the day these hogs will need help usually due to worm infestation so will need worming and antibiotics also dehydration is a problem, this is done via injection of fluid as hogs cannot drink enough to rehydrate themselves,if in doubt ring for advice thank you x
We have been quite busy over the past few weeks and months with new volunteers to train and lots of animals to care for,we are up to 9 volunteers now so the area we can cover is increasing please ring to find your nearest volunteer thank you
THankyou mrs Evanson for the towels and donation it will be put to good use thank you x
Can I please remind everyone that most birds will leave the nest before they can fly and will go to the ground,Parents will come to they to feed them and will encourage them to fly, this can take a little while, but is natural so if you find a bird who is fully feathered on the ground before picking it up and “helping” it watch for parents to come to feed, they will be quick so if you don’t continually watch you may miss them as they do not want to draw attention to their young.Most parents will return within an hour except for pigeons who could take a few hours and babies will sit on a fence for hours waiting for their return.
HI animals are coming in thick and fast now if anyone wishes to donate anything we have an Amazon wish list, if you go to Amazon an search Hedgehog and bird rescue you should find it.thank you
Thank you to J and JA Currid for the donation cheque this will really help towards vet and medication bills as you probably know pets at home have withdrawn support of all wildlife rescues and we have lost about £800 a year because of this so thank you without this sort of help we could not continue our work x x
We would like to say a big thank you to K.J.Barbers Great Wyrley for the £120 Donation this really helps with our work, Also for having a collection tin in your shop thank you so much.