A PRICKLY creature was out on a doorstep in Bromsgrove this evening to raise awareness of the plight of hedgehogs and join in with the Clap for Our Carers to show support for frontline NHS staff and other key workers.
It was organised by the town’s Willows Hedgehog Rescue Centre as part of Hedgehog Awareness Week which began on Sunday and concludes on Saturday.
There are a lot of hazards in the garden for hogs and hoglets at this time of year.
Slug pellets can prove fatal if consumed, they can get tangled in netting and, although they are good swimmers, if they fall into ponds they can struggle to get themselves out.
They can also impale themselves on garden forks, rakes and spade edges.
Strimmers and garden mowers have always been problematic for hedgehogs and gardeners are urged to check under hedges and on lawns when cutting them.
Jayne Lawrence, who founded Willows with Charlie Walker, said they had admitted a lot of hedgehogs recently which had been brought in after falling victim to dog attacks.
“We just want to remind people to look out for our prickly friends who are facing their own dangers at this time of year.”
Visit www.willowshedgehogrescue.co.uk for more on the campaign and Willows Hedgehog Rescue.
For advice or to report a hedgehog in trouble, call 07518 354408.