Lodge’s appeal for hedgehog fosterers over winter period receives “brilliant response”

Two animal-loving neighbours are doing their bit for hedgehog conservation after answering a wildlife trust’s call for help.

Sue Ledder, 53, and Mike Johnson, 77, of Frobisher Close, Worthing, saw a story in the Herald in which Brent Lodge Wildlife Trust in Chichester was appealing for Worthing residents to look after hedgehogs over the winter months.

The trust is struggling to keep up with the large numbers of hedgehogs brought in to it, so asked readers to consider fostering some of the spiny mammals until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild.

Sue and Mike were among the first to take up the offer and they picked up their hedgehog last month.

Now happily living in an old wine box in Mike’s greenhouse, “Poppy”, as they have named it, is rapidly putting on weight and is getting close to release.

Sue said: “When we picked it up, it weighed 425g and when we weighed it again the other day, she had gone up to 695g.

“It’s done really well so we rang up the trust and they said to call back when it reaches 700g to talk about a release programme.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, December 13.