Tiny hogs are causing concern

Firstly this week, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped to make our last Open Day at the David Rollo Centre a great success.

Friday, 10th August 2018, 12:10 pm
Baby hedgehogs are being cared for by Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust.

We have only a small band of active volunteers at the trust, but everyone helps out as much as they can.

Without these volunteers, we simply could not continue our work.

At long last, our 100-plus herring gull chicks that had been brought in to us at various times have grown up and most have been released.

We only have eight remaining with us now.

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Sadly, quite a few of the birds have had to be put to sleep as they had been too badly injured, either by falling from rooftops or being hit by cars before they could fly properly.

The survivors made a great deal of work and seemed to eat for Britain, but thanks to some donations of fish that we received, they grew up very healthily.

We recently had to go out to pick up a swan from Haggerston Castle that had been hit by a lorry.

It had a badly injured foot, which needed veterinary treatment.

The swan had its foot strapped up for several days and has had to have painkillers and antibiotic injections daily.

The x-ray showed no broken bones, however the vet is afraid that the foot may be permanently damaged. We will just have to wait and see how it develops as only time will tell.

Our two young cygnets are very happy to be together and Harry the Swan, who has to moult out his pink feathers, is very good with them.

The two ducks that are in the same pond will shortly be away from us as they are almost able to fly now.

And I’m pleased to say that all of our young owlets are thriving.

We have never had so many of them in together with us before.

Everything this year seems to be coming into us in groups.

The young hedgehogs are causing some concern as the tiny babies have not responded as they usually do.

Kay has reared them for years and is used to syringe-feeding them milk, and then gradually weaning them on to meat.

This year some of them have weaned as normal, but then they start to lose weight and die.

The only thing we can think of is that due to the hot, dry weather conditions we have been having recently, the mother hedgehogs have not been able to produce sufficient milk and have abandoned them.

We are doing everything we can for these little ones, but sometimes our best effort still does not do it.

We had two small house martin nestlings brought in last week so I have these at home at the moment to try to bring them up.

They are eating well and hopefully will be fledged so they can go off back to the other side of the world in September or October.