Hedgehog casualties after early arrivals

Polly the hoglet.
Polly the hoglet.

This is the time of year when hedgehogs are producing their first litters, although if you’ve been following our Facebook page, you will see some mums have made an early start.

Sadly, we’ve had our first hoglet casualties of the year; family dogs had disturbed a nest which resulted in mum disappearing, two hoglets unable to survive the attack and the third brought to us for care.

I’m not very optimistic about the outcome as she did sustain some injuries and is only about 36 hours old, but Polly does deserve to be given the best possible chance.

She’s being fed every two hours with formula milk mixed with lamb’s colostrum and between feeds snuggles under a very soft cuddly toy in the warm incubator.

We’re doing everything we possibly can for her, so keep your fingers crossed.

Thankfully, we have two top-of-the-range incubators, one donated by Alnwick Wildlife Trust and the other by one of our volunteers who wishes to remain anonymous.

They’ve proved excellent when taking in hedgehogs suffering from hypothermia, but, at this time of the year, invaluable at regulating the temperature of abandoned hoglets.

We’re always trying to ensure we have sufficient essential equipment at our disposal, but a great deal of it is very expensive and we are fortunate to have volunteers who are willing to run fund-raising events for us.

Our next event will be the Rothbury Street Fair on Bank Holiday Monday.

It’s such a great day out with lots of stalls and events taking place throughout the day and we hope we’ll see you there.

We’ll have lots of hoggy items for sale and also our very popular children’s game for the small (and sometimes not so small!) people.

Our volunteers will be there to answer any questions you may have and I’m sure there are many. Come and say hello.

l In what is a first for our campaign, the latest Jam Jar Army efforts have been in support of two charities after a tie in the public vote last year.

Remember that we are still collecting for both charities so fill your jam jars with spare change and hand them in.