Village is officially new hedgehog-friendly zone

Orange the hedgehog
Orange the hedgehog

Fifty-one hedgehogs have been released into their new home close to Bridlington in a bid to boost their numbers.

The adorable mammals have been re-homed to ‘hedgehog-friendly’ Burton Fleming, to combat declining numbers nationally.

Kate Mercer

Kate Mercer

“Half of the village turned up – it was a major event,” said Frank Tett, cofounder of Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital.

“The reason we chose Burton Fleming was because it was badly flooded in 2012.

“Although hedgehogs can swim, most of them were wiped out.”

Frank and his wife Veronica were contacted by villager, Kate Mercer, who helped spearhead the project.

David Brazier

David Brazier

“We had already released some in the area,” added Frank.

“They have been seen during the last year and they have produced a family.”

The aim was to make Burton Fleming a hedgehog-friendly village, and residents have played their part to make the area safe for the spiky critters.

“Everyone is making sure their gardens are suitable,” said Frank.

Local residents on hand to start delivering the hedgehogs to there new homes

Local residents on hand to start delivering the hedgehogs to there new homes

“They can travel anywhere up to two miles at night, looking for food – so you can’t restrict their movements.”

Villagers were joined by television crews on Wednesday to watch as the hedgehogs were introduced to their new homes in people’s gardens.

Eventually, they will leave the safety of the yards to venture out into the wild.

Meet Andrew the hedgehog

Meet Andrew the hedgehog