Hedgehogs need homes

HAVE you a home for a hedgehog? Nine rescued Mr and Mrs Tiggywinkles are waking up from hibernation and looking to move out of their temporary accommodation into a more natural environment. Anni Nicholls of Braunton, who is currently fostering them in a s

HAVE you a home for a hedgehog? Nine rescued Mr and Mrs Tiggywinkles are waking up from hibernation and looking to move out of their temporary accommodation into a more natural environment.Anni Nicholls of Braunton, who is currently fostering them in a shed and a bedroom at her home, is anxious to find them somewhere safe before she can let them go.She is working alongside Diana Lewis and the North Devon Animal Ambulance and has been taking in hedgehogs that have found themselves in prickly situations.Bob was named after the famous children's builder after being found trapped in a bungalow cavity wall. Tinsel earned her name after being found sleeping in a box of Christmas decorations. Others have been rescued from swimming pools and ponds and a variety of other difficult situations.All have needed Anni's care and plenty of good food to build themselves up and gain the strength they will need to go back into the wild. They have also been treated to rid them of worms, ticks and fleas.Now they need somewhere they can be released, where they will be able to live quietly, away from the dangers of badgers, dogs, slug pellets and busy roads.Bramble is special. She is a television star, having appeared on Gardener's World with presenter Toby Buckland at Rosemoor Gardens in Torrington. But she has become so tame that she will need extra protection and is looking for a large, enclosed garden with plenty of undergrowth, where she will be able to enjoy all the bugs.Spike is lucky. He was found by the children of Chittlehampton Primary School and, after care, he will soon be making his way back to the school grounds.If you think you can help please phone Anni, (01271) 816989. All possible sites will need to be inspected prior to release.


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