Sponsors sought for hog intake

We are getting ready for our next open day, which is this Saturday, July 28, from 11am till 2pm. Afterwards, we shall be holding the annual general meeting in the big room, commencing at 2.30pm.

Thursday, 26th July 2018, 3:30 pm

Everything this year seems to be coming in together.

Recently we have taken in 12 really tiny hedgehogs, weighing between 100g and 200g. They come from different areas, but all arrived during a two-week period.

Kay had to take most of them home to start with as they needed milk several times a day, but only two are still with her. The rest are eating for themselves so they are at the Rollo Centre.

This year we have named the hogs and all of them would like to be sponsored as they will most likely be with us throughout the winter.

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Anyone willing to sponsor a hog will receive a free 2019 hedgehog calendar as a thank you gift. They all have cards attached to their cages and we hope people will sponsor them when they visit us for the Open Day.

The hog in the picture this week is Chloe, who weighs under 150g and is very cute. She is one of the ones needing a sponsor.

The majority of our young tawny owls are in the big aviary now, giving them much more flying space. The youngest three are out of cages and in the Longridge aviary, which has been invaluable this year.

The herring gull chicks are enjoying the newly-made small pond. They grow so rapidly that they are not with us long, thank goodness. It takes ages to clean the pen each day and the pen is surrounded by the smell of fish.

I know lots of people don’t like them, but they were here long before us and as wildlife, we look after them. So many people bringing them in this year have been pleased to have somewhere to take them.

One couple brought a greater black back gull chick all the way from Edinburgh as they could find no one prepared to take it. Our motto is: “If it’s wildlife, we will do our best.”

Most of the other nestlings we had have fledged and left us.

I still have a wood pigeon, who will look like Billy Bunter before he flies, he can eat so much, and we have a collared dove still needing hand-feeding.

The cygnet is now firm friends with Harry swan. Even the two well-grown ducklings are accepting him in the big pond. He loves washing and putting his head under the water. It’s good to see him have some company as he was very lonely on his own. It is surprising how quickly he seems to be growing now he is in the pond with his mates.

So if you are able, do come and see us on Saturday.

If you are one of the people who sponsored a tawny owlet do come along and see how they are doing.

We shall have plants and other stalls, and of course refreshments, including great cakes and scones to enjoy with a cuppa.