Hogs awake and ready to move on

Last week the last of our hibernating hogs woke up. This means that all 52 are now awake and hungry.

By Pat Goff, Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust
Friday, 12 April, 2019, 14:32
Swan Jottings

We do the outside ones first – cleaning out 20 huts outside, washing the food and water bowls, filling them, and returning them to the clean huts.

The big room is holding 17 hogs in triangular runs and assorted cages.

At least there are 35 hogs acclimatised to the outside temperature.

We are hoping that next weekend we can start to get them back to where they were found.

A good many of the people who rescued and brought in the hedgehogs are happy to collect them and set them free, giving them a little support with food for a few days.

We shall then be able to move the recovery room 17 outside, once they are fully up to weight and healthy.

Then we have to scrub and thoroughly clean all the huts, runs, and cages, before the whole thing starts again.

I am pleased to report that our unlucky cygnet that had to have a wing amputated and then had a sore foot is now very much improved.

He still has a slight limp, which he will probably always have, but he should be well enough to be released with the others in a couple of weeks’ time.

We have also had several pigeons come in, which have needed hand-feeding so we are keeping our skill levels up to date.

Last Monday I gave a talk about the work at the Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust that takes place from May to September.

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It was nice to have such a large group to speak to as there must have been about 60 people present.

It was the first time I had given this particular talk as it was only recently put together with up to date photographs.

St Aidan’s Hall has a lovely big screen and a projector system ready to connect to. The microphone was also a big help.

I was a bit nervous of the time element of the talk as I had only checked it out by myself. It can be really easy when you are talking about a subject you are interested in to talk the hind leg off a donkey. I always worry someone may fall asleep in the front row.

I was very lucky on this occasion and no one fell asleep.

There were some interesting questions at the end.

Most people then were happy to go over to Debra, who was in charge of the hedgehog we took with us.

We came away with a very generous donation so I must say a big thank you to all the members of the University of the Third Age (U3A).

We are now preparing for our first Open Day, which is on May 25.

I showed some of the Friends of Wildlife around the David Rollo Centre last week.

They understood when they saw all the cages and runs in the Big Room why we have to wait until May to have an Open Day as there is hardly room to move between all of the runs.