Grace was found with a neck wound. She came to us and was treated for 'flystrike' (myiasis) and her deep cut was cleaned. Some of the fly eggs were also found inside her mouth. Fly eggs can hatch into maggots just eight hours after being laid and
We are helping Grace the Hedgehog and her friends as they are in very serious trouble. Grace is one of our rescued hedgehogs and she needs a safe home to be released in. The areas in which we can safely release Grace are dwindling and over the last 30 years
In most European countries, hedgehogs are believed to be a hard-working no-nonsense animal. This partially results from the folk belief that hedgehogs collect apples and mushrooms and carry them to their secret storage. It is unclear exactly how old this belief is though
Don't let them burn. Hedgehogs hibernate in late autumn when just about all their food supply has itself either hibernated, migrated or gone deep into the ground. They then find somewhere dry and start building a nest.
Some interesting facts on hedgehogs that you probably don't know. Read below and find out more about Grace and her friends and test your friends too, together with knowledge we can help wildlife.
Hedgehogs have survived for over 15 million years and are thought to be one of the oldest mammals on earth. They are not found in America or Australia but are found to be widespread. They have changed very little in their time on the planet. Hedgehogs all have hollow hairs that are made
Hedgehogs are considered the gardener’s friend as they can help keep some of the garden pests under control. However, whilst they can give us the pleasure of seeing them as they wander across our gardens late at night; we can cause them a lot of problems with our gardening activities. The following advice should help to reduce some of the problems
Some facts from People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), Oxford University Study and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS). PTES and BHPS position statement on the relationship between hedgehogs and badgers:
Grace and her much-loved ‘spiky friends’ face numerous hazards throughout their lives, out in the country Many of the problems they face are created by Man. LET’S HELP GRACE!
There was once a country man who had money and land in plenty, but however rich he was, his happiness was still lacking in one respect - he had no children. Often when he went into the town with the other peasants they mocked him and asked why he had no children. At last he became angry, and when he got home he said, "I will have a child, even if it be a hedgehog.".
Hedgehogs are very useful visitors to any garden. They eat slugs, beetles, caterpillars and a variety of other cute creepy crawlies, in fact, everything that makes holes in your plants will probably be the prey of these spiky fellows, making them a must have in any garden.