THE owners of a Kirkby wildlife sanctuary say they have seen an increase in the number of hedgehogs taken to them - with more expected to be placed in their care over the next few months.
Wendy Radford and Phil Else, from Cedar Wildlife sanctuary, believe many hedgehogs will die if they do not receive the right care as winter approaches.
Said Phil: “The number of hedgehogs coming into the sanctuary is now starting to increase again - 25 at the last count.
“Over the next few months we will get more and more late-born hedgehogs that will be too small to hibernate, so will not survive winter without our care.”
Hedgehogs are now listed as an endangered species and their numbers are thought to be diminishing because much of their natural habitat has been destroyed and they face modern dangers like strimmers.
Now animal lovers are being asked to donate tins of dog or cat food which can be used to feed the hedgehogs at the sanctuary.
To make a £1 donation text CEDA22 £1 to 70070.
Alternatively, contact 07808 929300 or 07792 475736.