As a charity braces itself for a busy winter, they’re hoping to boost their coffers in East Dean this weekend.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service already have more than 80 hedgehogs in their care to over winter and are expected to have at least 120, which will be too small to hibernate. Each hedgehog costs on average £130 to over winter.
To help pay the cost of looking after and treating these hedgehogs East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service are holding a Christmas Craft Fair at East Dean Village Hall to raise vital funds for their cause on Saturday (3 December) 2016 between 2pm and 5pm.
There will be various craft stalls including a lady who sells hand painted pebbles, glass painting, handmade candles, cakes, wildlife photography, gift hampers, hand sewn keyrings, cards, paintings, Christmas decorations, knitting, bath bombs and a various other arts and craft stalls plus a WRAS merchandise stall and one by Bird Aid. There will also be refreshments available too.
“Last year the event was a great success. This year we need as many people to come along as possible, pick up a few extra Christmas gifts, and to help raise the much needed funds to cover the costs of what is already turning out to be a busy hedgehog winter. We are getting up to 5 hedgehogs being admitted each day, found out during the day time, most of the underweight, too small to hibernate, or suffering from injuries primarily after being caught in netting, picked up by dogs or hit by cars,” explained Chris Riddington, WRAS Casualty Manager, who is organising the event.
Hedgehogs are thought to be declining by 5% each year. East Sussex has a number of areas where hedgehogs are doing really well and other where they are almost non-existent. WRAS deals with 400-500 hedgehogs every year of which the majority of them are successfully treated and returned back into their home range helping to keep populations going.