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    Video caption: Lancashire sanctuary's plea to help hedgehogs waking from hibernation

    An animal sanctuary offers advice how to make a garden safe for hedgehogs waking from hibernation.

  2. Plea to help hedgehogs waking from hibernation

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    Video caption: Lancashire sanctuary's plea to help hedgehogs waking from hibernation

    An animal sanctuary offers advice how to make a garden safe for hedgehogs waking from hibernation.

  3. 'Miracle' hedgehog survived being dropped in river by boys

    David Pittam

    BBC News Online

    A hedgehog was rescued after having cannabis smoke blown on it while trapped in a bag, before being dropped in a river, the RSPCA has said.

    The charity said a passer-by rescued the animal from the water and looked after it overnight until it could be taken to a wildlife hospital for treatment.

    A group of boys, thought to be teenagers, are thought to be responsible for the attack on 10 April, near the Memorial Park in Market Harborough.

    RSPCA inspector Karl Marston said: “I am frankly quite shocked by what I have been told has potentially happened to this poor hedgehog and it is a miracle that she survived.

    “It is hard to imagine why anyone would want to deliberately attack an animal in this horrific and callous way."


    The female hedgehog, which would have recently woke from hibernation, was taken to Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital in Kibworth where it is being kept in an incubator and is said to be recovering well.

    The charity has made an appeal for witnesses to the attack to come forward.

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    Video caption: A spiky study to save some prickly friends

    People are being asked to help establish how hedgehogs in Northern Ireland are faring.

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    Video caption: A hedgehog rescue has set up it's own ambulance for injured creatures
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    Video caption: County Durham hedgehog rescue centre appeals for foster carers

    "We've been really lucky that we've been able to foster hedgehogs and it's been such a joy."

  7. Wildlife trust issues hedgehog bonfire plea

    The Northumberland Wildlife Trust is urging anyone planning to build a bonfire to be aware of hedgehogs.

    With the weather turning colder, wetter, darker and windier, now is the time hedgehogs start looking for places to hibernate with an unlit bonfire "equivalent to a five-star hotel", the trust said.

    A hedgehog

    The wildlife charity is advising people to help protect hedgehogs by following a few guidelines when building a bonfire:

    • Build the bonfire as close to the night as possible so there is less chance of a hedgehog moving in
    • Make the pile of material next to the bonfire site and rebuild the stack before lighting it
    • Search the bonfire for hibernating creatures using a torch and rake before starting the fire
    • Move any hedgehogs found to a ready-made hedgehog box somewhere dry and safe and away from the fire
    • Before Bonfire Night, make an alternative home by raking up grass cuttings or autumn leaves into a pile a safe distance from the pile; hopefully sleepy ‘hogs will choose to sleep there instead of in the unlit bonfire

    Geoff Dobbins, Northumberland Wildlife Trust senior estates officer said: “To a hedgehog looking for a place to sleep, an unlit bonfire is a ready-made five star hotel. We are urging people to give inspecting their bonfires top priority before lighting them.It only takes a minute to do but can save hundreds of hedgehogs from an unnecessary death.

    “Hedgehogs are great friends to gardeners as they are natural pest killer. However, numbers are in decline due to increased pesticide use and we need to do all we can to help them.

    "Hedgehogs need garden habitats that mimic woodland so try and provide a few twiggy places for hibernation - small piles of logs and leaves are ideal and don’t keep your garden too tidy."

  8. Hedgehog recovering from plastic bottle ring embedded in neck

    A six-week-old baby hedgehog found with a plastic ring from a bottle embedded in its neck is making good progress and is surprisingly active, according to its carers.

    Blyth Wildlife Rescue volunteers are looking after the hoglet, which was found in Bedlington at the weekend.

    The wound was becoming deeper as the animal grew bigger.

    The team say hedgehogs are "incredibly resilient animals and we are doing all we can to aid recovery".