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I work at Willows Hedgehog Rescue with Charlie and Jayne looking after all the poorly hedgehogs here.
Charlie has given me this page to tell you all about our hedgehog friends and about all the fantastic people and girls and boys like you who help us to look after the hedgehogs...isn't that brilliant!
Today it's Monday the 16th of May
Wow a lot has happened since I last wrote to you all.
We have been busy releasing the hedgehogs that have over wintered with us. They have all gone to great release sites with nice people who are looking out for them, leaving food and water out and some even have special hog homes for them in their gardens.
We have had quite a few new poorly hedgehogs in. Most of those are getting better now and some have already got better and have been released.
We have also been out and about with our special hedgehog show. We have been talking to lots of nice people about how they can help keep hedgehogs safe and happy when they visit their gardens.
Millie and her mom came to visit us when we were in Bromsgrove and Millie coloured in our special hedgehog picture.
Isn't it brilliant! I love the bright yellow sun and the really summery blue sky and all that lovely green grass. The hedgehog looks just like me and my friends!
Well done Millie!
Hi everyone, it's Willow
Today it's Wednesday the 9th of February
Wow, it's been a long time since I have updated my page! I have been sleeping quite a lot since I last spoke to you all which is what we hedgehogs do in the cold winter. It's called hibernating. Lots of things have happened though while I have been napping.
We have been busy building new homes for the hedgehogs which they have now moved into. The new homes give the big hedgehogs much more room and a nice cosy area filled with hay for them to sleep in.
One of the hedgehogs, Little Spike, has left to go and stay with the family that found him. He has a nice cosy home there and Charlie and Jayne went over with him to help him settle into his new home. He will stay there until spring when he will be able to be released back into the garden he came from.
Charlie and Jayne also went to see all the children from the Bournville Woodcraft Folk in January. Charlie and Jayne said they had a great time and Charlie talked to all the children about hedgehogs. He said they already knew lots about them and they asked some really good questions. All of the children had also coloured in pictures of hedgehogs which were all brilliant. Jayne picked out her favourite one (she said it looked like Sally here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue). Jayne's favourite one was drawn by Lydia and I have got Charlie to put it up here on my page. Isn't it brilliant!
Thank you to all the Children at Bournville Woodcraft Folk for supporting us and for asking us to come and talk to you. We really enjoyed it and hope you did too.
Hmm, I think that I might go for another little snooze, speak to you soon hog friends.
Hi everyone, it's Willow
Today it's Sunday the 12th of December
Jack and his family rescued Little Spike.
Little Spike was out in their garden during daylight and they looked after him for a couple of days, taking him to see the vet to get some medicine and keeping him safe and warm and fed before bringing him over to see me.
Little Spike has been here for a couple of weeks now and Jack came over to see him today and to give him a brilliant Christmas Card.
Jack and his mom and dad also brought over lots and lots of goodies for all of the hogs here which we really appreciate. We got yummy food and treats, and lots of bedding and things to help when we are sick, and lots more things as well. Charlie and Jayne have asked me to say a big big thank you for helping to look after us (Charlie and Jayne also got some chocolates which we can't eat so we will have to watch them eat those!)
Thank you Jack, and mom and dad (Paul and Kelly) from all the hedgehogs here at Willows, from Charlie and Jayne and from me Willow!
I'm going to go and have another look at the card!
See you soon
Hello Everyone, I'm back, it's Willow!
Today it's Sunday the 5th of December.
I'm glad that I have been inside in the warm.
I bet you have been making snowmen, wrapped up all warm and toasty.
I can't wrap up warm and the cold means that hedgehogs like me use more energy to stay warm.
To make energy we need to eat lots but in the winter there isn't lots for us to eat. So if my hedgehog friends outside are too small to sleep over the winter they can die.
So, if you have one of my friends visiting your garden please put some food out for them. Things like puppy and kitten biscuits are brilliant. If the hedgehog looks small then get an adult to have a look and maybe phone someone for help. (PS tell them to look at the 'contacts ' page on here for help.
I have some very special thanks to say today. Some of our hedgehoggy human friends have sent us some brilliant presents.
Daisy sent us some lovely cat food, yummy!
Ella, sent us some food and some bowls for our food to go in - brilliant!
Ella, Freya and Rosa gave us lots of newspapers to make the bottoms of our homes warm - all snugly.
Izzy, gave us some food and some food bowls - we love eating!
Ewan sent us some more yummy food, yay!
Molly gave us a present of mealworms... mmm those are treats for us, yummy.
Thank you everyone; Daisy, Ella, Freya, Rosa, Izzy, Ewan and Molly for our brilliant presents. The presents will keep us warm and clean and our tummies nice and full. We are very lucky to have friends like you. Please don't forget our little friends outside as well. Keep a look out for any little hedgehogs that might need some help too.
See you soon hog friends!
Hello hog friends, it's Willow.
Today it's Friday the 12th of November.
We have had some new visitors this week including another poorly little hedgehog that isn't eating. I love to eat and have a full tummy and I want him to eat as well. Charlie and Jayne are trying all sorts of different food to try to get him to eat.
He is also having to take some medicine to make him better which isn't very nice, but it is important to take it to get better.
This fantastic picture was drawn by Abigail and given to Jayne. Isn't it brilliant! I love all the spines. They must have taken ages to draw and his nose is almost as long as mine!
I love the coloured writing as well.
Well done and thank you Abigail.
That's all for now, keep checking back for new stuff hedgehog friends
See you soon
Hello everyone it's Willow !
Today I have a hedgehog friendly tip for you.
Have you noticed that it is getting colder outside? I bet you wrap up warm when you go outside now.
Well at this time of year my hedgehog friends go into something called HIBERNATION. This means that we go to sleep and may stay asleep all through the winter. We make snugly warm nests in places like under hedges and even in compost heaps in gardens. Maybe even in your garden!
Sometimes though we don't go to sleep. If it gets a little warmer or if we are disturbed then we might get up for a while . So we could still be around but the food we like to eat isn't. All of the insects we like to eat have gone. So when we wake up we can be very hungry.
What you can do to help us if you want to is to put some food out for us. When it gets cold on the nights (brrrr) the best food to put out for us are things like cat and kitten crunchy biscuits and puppy biscuits. Soft food gets frozen like an ice lolly (brr it's too cold for ice lollies) and then we can't eat it.
To stop cats getting at our dinner put the food in a saucer and then put something like a plastic storage box (like the one you might keep your favourite toys in) upside down over the top - but don't forget to get an adult to cut a nice hole in the side first (with no sharp edges) so we can get in and out. We also need a nice drink too. We love water, so a little bowl of water would be brilliant but don't let it get frozen please. Ooh and this is important we don't like milk it can make us poorly so please don't give us milk.
Fantastic, I hope everyone joins in with looking after our hedgehog friends! I will be back another time with more brilliant hedgehog friendly tips, yay!
Keep warm, bye bye
ooh... why not let me know if you have got a hedgehog visitor that you are leaving food out for at firstname.lastname@example.org (P.S. check that it's OK with an adult first)
Hello everyone, it's Willow !
Today it's Monday the 8th of November and it's been a busy day here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue.
Apart from looking after everyone who is staying with us we had to take little Archie the hedgehog to see the vet. Archie hasn't been very well and he has needed some medicine. Charlie took him back to the vets today to see how he was getting along. A vets is like a hospital for animals, where really nice people look after sick animals to make them better. They said that Archie was doing well and getting better so lets all wish Archie good luck and a speedy recovery.
Today I would like to say a big big thank you to some special people.
We have received some lovely presents for our hedgehogs at Willows Hedgehog Rescue from the Woodcraft Folk in Bournville in Birmingham. We especially want to thank Dan and Harrison for their brilliant gifts. Dan and Harrison gave us loads of towels, newspaper and food. Dans towels and newspaper means that we can make the hedgehogs homes all snugly and warm, we like to snuggle down under towels and sleep. Harrisons present of Cat food means that we get a scrummy meal to have, we love eating and we have enjoyed tucking into all the lovely food. Thank you Dan and Harrison for you wonderful presents.
I've got to go now as it's time for the poorly hedgehogs medicine and for everyone to get their dinner (we eat quite late because we wake up at night which is called being nocturnal). So thank you everyone and I promise to come back and write some more soon!!
Bye Bye.....See you soon
ooh... don't forget I love to hear from you so you can email me with your questions and stories at email@example.com (P.S. check that it's OK with an adult first)
Hello everyone, it's Willow !
Today it's Sunday the 7th of November.
Charlie hasn't been here for most of the day, he has only just come back. He has been away on a course about looking after trees and woodlands and the animals that live in them.
Jayne has been working hard here at Willows Hedgehog Rescue while Charlie has been away as we have had two new visitors today!
A big hedgehog has come to visit that has lost one of his legs in an accident. He has been in an animal hospital for the last few weeks getting better. He will need to be looked after by people now because he won't be able to get around too well in the wild. So he is staying with us until we can find him a nice safe home to go to.
He hasn't got a name yet. If you can think of a name for him then why not ask your parents or an adult to email your name for him to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will choose a name and let everyone know on here what his new name is and who named him. How cool is that!
Our second visitor is a very very small hedgehog that was found wandering outside in daylight. We hedgehogs like the dark and we sleep during the day when you are all awake. So he wasn't a very happy hedgehog. If you ever see a hedgehog out in the day time then let an adult know as the hedgehog will need some help.
He is very poorly, so I'm going to go and see if I can help cheer him up a little bit.
Bye bye for now hoggie friend and speak to you soon
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