Keep an eye out for hedgehogs

Andrew Jackson of Brackley Hogwatch, at home with some of the hedgehogs that have been brought to him by members of the public NNL-151001-204702009
Andrew Jackson of Brackley Hogwatch, at home with some of the hedgehogs that have been brought to him by members of the public NNL-151001-204702009

A hedgehogs’ champion is urging the people of Banbury to help preserve the country’s diminishing population.

Andrew Jackson of Brackley Hogwatch currently looks after 150 hedgehogs and is appealing to people in Banbury to look out for the prickly friends this winter.

Many baby hedgehogs eat slugs with parasites or worms in the summer time. Within a few months they get weak and are unable to sustain themselves just eating at night so they come out to forage in the daytime too.

Mr Jackson rescues most hedgehogs between September and December but said people should still be on the lookout. “It’s a sign of distress if they come out in daytime – but they look so healthy. I’m encouraging people to rescue healthy looking hedgehogs.”

The animals are also very susceptible to flooding so Mr Jackson is asking people to put a nest box in dry areas of their garden. He said: “Banbury is a refuge habitat for hedgehogs. If we can strengthen our hedgehog population over the coming decade that will have a significant impact.”

See www.brackleyhogwatch.co.uk or call 07528 119416.