Patients at the hospital are constantly changing and we are now coming through the busy hedgehog care season. Once healthy and up to a good weight, we will gradually prepare to release hundreds of these over-wintered hedgehogs back into suitable local habitats.
The freed-up space will be needed to house the impending seasonal influx of thousands of injured or orphaned birds and mammals. The animal care team is anticipating that the mild winter will lead to an earlier breeding season and expect their first orphaned casualties to arrive at the hospital over the next few weeks.
The transition from caring mainly for hedgehogs to hundreds of baby birds and other wildlife casualties mean an increase in staff hours, a deep clean of the hospital, different patient foods, medicines, equipment and a change in patient care routines.
Young wildlife needs to be warm and secure, without their mothers to brood them they are kept in incubators and creches which have heated plates to sleep and hide under. When big enough they move outside to grow and develop their natural behaviour where birds can bathe, preen and water-proof feathers and mammals have space to rest and recuperate prior to being released back into local habitats.
If you would like to donate towards caring for the hundreds of wildlife casualties in our care then we would be very grateful.