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Give a hedgehog a home this Autumn

A hedgehog
Hedgehogs hibernate deep inside a nest of leaves and out of sight

Young hedgehogs are in danger this autumn as some will be too small to hibernate, according to one charity in Gloucestershire.

The Stroud Valleys Project is encouraging people to give a hedgehog a home and is organising a workshop to demonstrate how to build a hedgehog house.

"Juvenile hedgehogs need to be more than 450 grams (1lb) to hibernate and those underweight are unlikely to survive," said workshop leader Ivi Szaboova.

Those which are underweight can appear to be hibernating but unless they are rescued and looked after, they will die.
Ivi Szaboova, SVP

"Hedgehogs are nocturnal so those out during the day need rescuing and that is why we are running this workshop so that people can build a home to help them over winter."

Right environment

The workshop is open to adults and families and will help people understand how to help out young hedgehogs by providing them with the right environment to thrive.

"Hedgehogs do not hibernate in the open," explained Ivi. "They need to make a nest of leaves and disappear into its depths so they are completely hidden from view.

"Those which are underweight can appear to be hibernating but unless they are rescued and looked after, they will die."

Anyone who finds a hedgehog that needs rescuing over the next month but does not have a suitable house for it can contact their local hedgehog hospital.

The workshop is being held in Cashes Green Scout Hut, Stroud, on Saturday, 10 October, 2009. For more information please contact Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358.




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