Cambridgeshire residents are being invited to adopt a hedgehog as part of a wildlife project supported by Sanctuary Housing.
Downham Parish Conservation Group and Hebbard’s Hedgehog Hotel in Little Downham are looking for 20 volunteer families to care for the animals.
Working with Sanctuary, the Hedgehogs Habits project looks after rescued hedgehogs who are unable to be returned to their original homes.
The animals will be released into three woodland sites around Little Downham and families are needed to adopt a hedgehog house. They would need to visit the site weekly, keep a record of conditions, put out food and water and weigh the hedgehogs in the autumn before hibernation.
Monthly meetings with project coordinators would also be required but full training would be given.
Carol Hebbard, from Hebbard’s Hedgehog Hotel, said: “Hedgehogs really need our help. Populations have declined by over 70 per cent in the past 30 years, causing them to become endangered.
“Each year we are seeing more and more being brought into the rescue too underweight to hibernate or suffering from illness.
“We are really excited about this project which will help boost the local hedgehog population, monitor the progress and let families from the local community get involved and develop new skills”
Simon Rudkin, Sanctuary’s area manager – housing, commented: “This is an important project that enables people to get involved in helping to make a difference for local wildlife. We are happy to support the Hedgehog Hotel and the work of its volunteers.”
To get involved, contact Carol Hebbard on 01353 698338. A year’s commitment to the project is required.
This project was part-funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.