Tiny hogs are still keeping us busy

I have just arrived back after spending two weeks in the sun visiting our son and his family.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 22 December, 2018, 15:00
Two hungry cygnets

It was quite a shock coming home to the very cold weather we have here.

It was even more of a shock when I went down to the Rollo Centre to find that more hedgehogs had come in and more cygnets too.

I must thank Elfie for covering the jottings for me while I was away.

This week we drew the winners from our Christmas raffle for which we had some super prizes.

This year we sold a record number of tickets to help our funds.

Jackie did a tombola at Direct Pets Christmas Special.

Many thanks go to Direct Pets for allowing us to have the space, which raised a fantastic £80 in just a couple of hours.

Jackie enjoyed meeting all the pet owners and their pets.

Winter is always an expensive time for us at the Rollo Centre as we have to keep the recovery room warm for all the tiny hedgehogs that we have to keep awake.

Hedgehogs are still coming in.

Three arrived while I was away and one more yesterday, when Dick made a trip over to Wooler to collect it as the couple had no transport.

The hedgehog was found very tightly curled on their lawn and they thought it was dead and very nearly buried it, but they took it indoors just in case where after a while it uncurled and ate a bowl of food.

They agreed with us that they are not the sort of animal to share a living room with.

They are very smelly.

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We get used to the ‘eau de hedgehog’ that greets us each morning when we open the door but it’s not nice in a house.

While I am writing about the hedgehogs, we still have several that are not yet sponsored.

Sponsorship makes a great Christmas present so if you have that special person to buy for please call in to the centre ad we will sort it out for you.

A barn owl that has been with us some time is almost ready for release and if the weather stays calm we hope to release it on Wednesday.

We have brought in several cygnets that were weak and very light in weight.

Two that came in while I was away on my holiday had put on over a kilo in weight.

The pair always grab the buckets as soon as we take them in.

The photograph shows them digging in.

Jackie and Kay went off to collect another one today that had decided to visit a garden.

It was another one that was weak and underweight.

Hopefully it will start to pick up once it has plenty of food.

We are finalising the details of a ‘Friends of BSWT’ scheme.

For a payment of £3 per month members will be able to have special viewings of suitable wildlife staying with us, have a cup of tea and a chat.

More details about how the scheme will work will be announced at the end of this year.