Rescue hedgehogs at Ely Cathedral

06th June 2014

Rescue hedgehogs have been released in the grounds of Ely Cathedral. This joint project, spearheaded by Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity, began last year and was covered by BBC’s Country File team who came to film the event.

The youngsters are initially being looked after by Cathedral staff until they are able to forage and care for themselves.  All four of the autumn juveniles being rehomed in the grounds have been electronically tagged so their movements can be monitored by staff at the conservation centre.

Natasha Ennew, spokesperson from Shepreth, said “The grounds surrounding Ely are a haven for hedgehogs, with well established hedgerows providing ideal nesting opportunities and insects galore. The staff at the Cathedral are dedicated to the project and, by supporting this type of soft release, allow hedgehogs to acclimatise naturally into this period of their rehabilitation”.