SOLIHULL Council is now working closely with Solihogs Hedgehog Rescue to raise awareness about how to protect and rehabilitate hedgehogs during the winter season and beyond.
The Solihogs Hedgehog Rescue Centre was created by Alison White in early 2020 and she continues to run the rescue centre from a hand-built hedgehog hospital in her back garden.
Alison and her group of committed volunteers are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing hedgehogs in and around the Solihull area.
Earlier this week, Coun Mackiewicz met with Alison to help release two healthy hedgehogs – Horace and Acorn – that recovered in Alison’s care back into one of Solihull’s nature reserves.
Coun Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet portfolio holder for climate change and planning, said: “We are delighted to be working with Solihogs Hedgehog Rescue to help Solihull residents be more aware of these beloved garden visitors.
“During the winter there are many ways to help hedgehogs have a safe hibernation, including putting food and water out and providing safe homes for them to nest in like log piles or compost heaps.
“Alongside this partnership, we’re also introducing ‘Horace the Hedgehog’ to our park signs. We’re hoping Horace will help us to encourage people to care for hedgehogs and communicate a range of other safety and sustainability messages too.”
Alison said: “We welcome the support of Solihull Council in highlighting our work and raising awareness of how to help hedgehogs.
“Solihogs Hedgehog Rescue relies on the dedication of our hard-working volunteers and is completely funded by generous donations from the public.
“By taking small steps to make your garden hedgehog friendly and contacting us if you find an unwell or injured hedgehog, we can all work together to protect hedgehogs from decline.”
Visit https://solihogs.co.uk for more information.