We might be enjoying the unseasonable warm weather but for hedgehogs it's a mixed blessing - who are coming out of hibernation too early.Read the full story ›
People are being encouraged to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly, after their numbers declined by 30% in the last 10 yearsRead the full story ›
A wildlife rescue centre in Somerset is having a record-breaking summer - though not in a good way.
The orphaned baby hedgehog shown is among a thousand animals brought into Secret World in the past month.
Staff and volunteers are being kept busy keeping them all fed and cleaned.
We're always busy at this time of year but this month has been a record.
Over the same period last year we probably had about 700 or 800 so it really is quite a significant increase.
Last week we had the busiest day that any of us can remember, with 80 wildlife casualties through the door.
These three hedgehogs are just a few days old and are all from the same litter. They had been born under a piece of tarpaulin. The mother moved two others but these three were abandoned.
They are being cared for at Secret World and will will be returned to the wild when they are big enough and able to fend for themselves.
He may not have any prickles, but Pumpkin the hedgehog proved he was anything but spineless when he met our reporter today:
A hedgehog has been rescued after being dumped in a dog waste bin in Somerset.
Two ladies heard the hedgehog while they were walking their dogs in Clevedon. They rescued the hedgehog - which has been named Winnie - and took it to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre where it is being treated for a laceration head wound.
A Gloucestershire animal centre is making a plea for donations after almost 200 hedgehogs were handed in.Read the full story ›
Hedgehog numbers in the South West are declining by as much as five per cent a year, according to the People's Trust For Endangered Species. The wildlife charity says a decade-long survey shows that numbers are declining dramatically.
It blames the loss of hedgerows and grasslands together with the use of pesticides which reduce the amount of food available to hedgehogs. The trend for tidier gardens is also believed to contribute to a loss of suburban habitats.
The charity, together with the Hedgehog Preservation Society, is appealing for volunteers to take part in the second annual Hedgehog Hibernation Survey. More details here