Hedgehogs in September by Kay Bullen
September is usually the start of the Autumn Juvenile season. These juveniles would most likely survive if they had been born a little earlier in the year, but now it will be a hard race for them to put on enough weight to survive hibernation.
It is at this time of year that the BHPS urges people to put out food for their visiting hedgehogs. Suitable food is hedgehog food, meaty cat or dog food (wet or dry, avoid fishy flavours), dried mealworms and just water to drink. By putting on weight these youngsters will stand a far better chance of surviving their hibernation. The added weight will also help them to cope with any internal parasites they may have picked up during foraging.
There is a fine line between whether these small hedgehogs need to be rescued or whether, with extra help, they can be left in the wild. The BHPS has produced a leaflet on Autumn Juveniles which can be found at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk that has lots or practical advice on helping them and also suggests when a point is reached when intervention is necessary.
Regular visitors to your garden can be monitored more easily. If the smaller ones can be weighed regularly you can monitor their weight gains, those with a steady weight gain can usually be left in the wild. Those not putting on much weight, or worse still losing weight, even when adequate food is provided will need extra care.
Although hoglets often leave mum at around 8 weeks of age, at this time of year they may remain with mum for longer. If you can provide that extra food for the mother she should be able to keep her family together and still add to her weight in preparation for her hibernation. At the end of the day it is her survival that is the most important issue for her.
Amounts to feed will vary depending on how much natural food is available. The best guide is to go by how much they leave. Check the dish in the morning and if it is empty then they could possibly have done with more food. Or is there something else eg a neighbour’s cat taking the food? [When hedgehogs eat dry food they tend to leave crumbs whereas a cat can take several whole biscuits in a mouthful and crunch up the biscuits in their mouths with virtually no crumbs.] If a lot of food is left over then give less the next night. If you use dry food it can be left out for several nights, or longer, without having to be replaced. Make sure there is plenty of water about especially when feeding dry foods.
If you are concerned about any hedgehog, or you see one out in the day, contact the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 (if you can weigh the hedgehog first that is always helpful, but do use gloves when you handle them). For more information about hedgehogs and how to help them visit the BHPS web site at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk.
Please take care when driving around the village, hedgehogs are very obvious, even at night.
Stef is a hedgehog rehabilitator on the BHPS carers list and if people need help with their hogs then you can also contact Stef on 01832 280598.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Macmillan Coffee Morning
26th September from 10.00 'till Noon
At Sheila's House, 26 Church Street.
Only £1 entry for coffee/tea and a cake or biscuits.
Lots of stalls. Bring and buy, cards, produce, preserves and village honey.
Everyone welcome to drop in at any time during the morning.
Just Friends Community Ladies Choir
Just Friends Community Ladies choir meets every Thursday evening in Warmington School from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm for an evening of singing and socialising.
New members are always welcome and a new term the best time to join so come along on Thursday Sept 4th and see what you think!! Contact Jean Fisher on 01832 280401 for more details and see more about the choir here.
Warmington Greetings Card
Local artist Rosemary Coates has produced a beautiful illustration of St Mary’s, Warmington which is now available as a greetings card. It is suitable for Birthday, Wedding Anniversary, Congratulations, Thank You, Thinking of You, etc.
All money raised goes to the Church. A single card costs £1.40 but you can buy ten for £10. The cards are available in the church, which is open every day. If you are unable to get to the church, please contact Kathryn and she will arrange to bring/post to you.
Thorpe Hall Appeal - Antiques Roadshow - 20th September
For the villagers in Warmington, if you have heirlooms or things you bought in car boot sales (or antiques shops!) that you'd love to know a bit more about, talk to the experts who will be delighted to value anything from necklaces to milk jugs. This promises to be a wonderful day out, and for an excellent cause.
Antiques Roadshow, Saturday 20th September, 11am to 4pm, with Lady Victoria Leatham, former Director Burghley House, George Archdale, Antiques Roadshow, and experts from Cheffins Auctioneers.
Entry is £15, to include valuation of one item and lunch or tea. Items for sale will be auctioned by Cheffins at a later date.
Warmington Table Tennis Club
Warmington Table Tennis Club is restarting on Wednesday 17th September, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
All new members are welcome, and all equipment is provided. £2 per session.
Contact Dave Fisher (280401) or Allan Strange (280905)
Northampton ACRE - Bulk Oil Scheme
Northamptonshire ACRE is expanding the Bulk Oil scheme and is now offering LPG in cylinders and for bulk tanks. Current prices are:
13kg Butane: £26.75
19kg Propane: £29.00
47kg Propane: £59.75
All prices include VAT and delivery.
LPG bulk tank supply: A 2 year deal, price fixed for 9 months at 41ppl.
There is no additional cost to ordering LPG, it is covered under the oil membership.
Here at Northants ACRE we use 47kg cylinders and just by switching suppliers with the help of our Energy Consultants we have saved over £10 a cylinder. We are also looking to install a bulk tank to secure further savings. If you would like to do the same or would like more information on this and ordering LPG, please give me a call on 01604 825 892, Will Dallimore (Rural Officer). Oil and LPG Membership Form. Individual Oil Ordering Form
Summer is also the time to buy Oil with the price being at its lowest over the next couple of months, it certainly is the time to fill up. Currently, The price of heating OIL is around 15% lower than it was this month last year and two months ago it was 25% below the equivalent 2013 price.