Eastfield Garden Centre in Bridlington has teamed up with a Hutton Cranswick hedgehog rescue centre to appeal for people to donate desperately needed supplies for the hundreds of hedgehogs they care for each year.
The garden centre has set up a collection point near the tills and is asking visitors to donate items such as towels, small blankets, kitchen and toilet rolls, tins of pet food, hot water bottles and anti-bacterial spray for cleaning.
The ‘Hog Cabin’ rescue centre cares for hundreds of weak, ill, orphaned or injured hedgehogs each year.
Emma Fetches, who runs the Hog Cabin, said: “Recent research has shown that hedgehog numbers in Britain are declining dramatically, so it’s extremely important that we do all we can to help them.
“We are always in need of supplies and are delighted that Eastfield Garden Centre is helping to promote our cause. If people want to donate tinned pet food for the hedgehogs the type they eat is chicken or turkey dog or cat food. They also like small crunchy cat biscuits, monkey nuts are good for them as they are full of fat and protein, and wheat breakfast cereal biscuits provide roughage.”
Emma aims to return as many hedgehogs as possible back into the wild once they are well enough, although some have to remain permanently in her care because of serious injury or disability.
As well as providing collection points for donations, Eastfield Garden Centre is also appealing for people to help hedgehogs by making their gardens ‘hedgehog friendly’.
Brian Stephenson, from Eastfield Garden Centre, said: “Hedgehogs are a gardener’s friend because they help to keep garden pests under control. To encourage hedgehogs into your garden you can create access points in your fence so that hedgehogs can move from garden to garden to feed.
“Hedges and shrubs provide good cover for hedgehogs and a hedgehog box can be sited in a quiet spot hidden by ground covering plants. It’s also beneficial if people can leave a small corner of their garden untended to create a wildlife area.”