RSPCA stands by for summer spike in hedgehog help calls

The RSPCA says it gets more calls for help about hedgehogs in July than any other month of the year.

In Cumbria out of 42 calls last year, eight were in July.

Hedgehog wrapped in netting

Hedgehogs are at their most active in summer and often get injured or trapped, like the one tangled in netting in this picture.

RSPCA officer Evie Button said gardeners could do more to make areas safe for the creatures.

Please remove sports and fruit netting, cover drains and holes, check before using a strimmer or mower, look in compost heaps before forking over and avoid using slug pellets as these are poisonous to hedgehogs."

Evie Button

Hedgehog signs 'need a touch of humour'

There's been a welcome in Cumbria for new signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog that are going to appear on roads to warn motorists of the likely presence of wildlife.

Hedgehohg road sign
Department for Transport

They'll be placed in areas where there are large number of hedgehogs, otters and badgers.

Some roads in Cumbria already have specific signs warning of red squirrels or rare toads.

George Scott from the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust near Wigton says the signs will have more chance of working if an element of humour is used in the design.

Wouldn't it be nice to involve the kids and let them design the signs ... and hopefully the parents will take more notice of it."

George Scott

Anima shelter blames slug pellets for hedgehogs influx

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

Gardeners are being asked not to use slug pellets, after a rise in the number of hedgehogs being taken to an animal sanctury in North Cumbria.

Staff at Knoxwood, near Wigton, say they are receiving record numbers of poorly hedgehogs for this time of year; and some of them show symptoms of poisoning.

The Government announced last year that the pesticide metaldehyde, which is often found in slug pellets, would be banned by 2020 because of the risk it poses to wildlife.


Usually at this time of year we have very few hedgehogs other than injured ones that have been picked up on the roadside, but for some reason we've got babies, we've got mothers, dads, we've got the whole shebang."

George ScottFounder of Knoxood

'Hard decision' to put bald hedgehog to sleep

BBC News England

A wildlife centre says it was a "hard decision" to put a bald hedgehog to sleep despite an initial promising recovery.

The hedgehog soon after he was found
Cuan Wildlife Rescue

The hedgehog, who staff named Bear, was found in a Shropshire garden and taken to a wildlife centre in January after being found with hardly any spines.

Stress-busting massages led to its prickles growing back and plans were made to release it later in the year.

However, a spokesperson for Cuan Wildlife Rescue said Bear's health deteriorated and had to be put to sleep on Friday.

We had given him so much, and so many of you out there had been wishing him well, it was a hard decision to take, but it was very evident that to have kept him alive would have caused him suffering and distress."

Fran HillManager, Cuan Wildlife Rescue