Prickly encounter as hedgehogs are celebrated at Shepreth Wildlife Park
PUBLISHED: 17:02 04 September 2015
T he persistent rain on Monday failed to dampen the spirits of visitors who turned up for the annual Hedgehog Day at Shepreth Wildlife Park.
The event is intended to remind the public of the great vulnerability of the ever dwindling population of hogs in the UK, while raising much needed funds for the prickly creatures.
The day’s activities ranged from instructive talks in the Adventure House, to hands on duties for children at the hospital itself, which included cleaning out the temporary housing of the little critters and weighing in the new patients.
There was also fun and games to be had with a bouncy castle, hog toy sale, cake sale and craft and games tent.
The visitors received expert advice from hospital manager Tash Ennew, who has been involved since the opening three years ago.
Tash and her capable staff of volunteers gave demonstrations and encouragement to those keen on adopting the endangered species.
More than £1,000 was raised for the hedgehog hospital, which also saw a presentation held by hospital patron and hedgehog guru Hugh Warwick.
A spokeman for the wildlife park said: “Thank you to everyone who came and supported us, and also to those who continue to support the good work of our hedgehog warriors.”
The number of hedgehogs in Britain has declined as quickly as tigers worldwide. Reasons range from use of herbicides to loss of hedgerows and grasslands.