Saturday, 2 December 2017

A Historic Day For Lincolnshire Hedgehogs

  It has been a few months since I blogged but a very special day occurred this week which needed blogging about.

  It was 1993 when two prickly characters were given to a local animal loving "mad" couple and so began Frank and Veronica Tett's emotional and wonderfully caring journey to help save our British Hedgehogs.
  For more than two decades , along with a dedicated group of volunteers they have rescued, rehabilitated and released thousands of Hedgehogs.
  A few years after those first two visitors, a certain charismatic individual arrived at the rescue centre in need of help.He became known as Andrew.After some medical treatments and veterinary visits it became clear that Andrew was blind.If released back into the wild, his chances of survival would have been virtually zero so he became a permanent resident, founder of Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital and ambassador for Hedgehogs.

  Andrew's is now a registered charity and having to help more Hogs than ever before(currently around 150 at the hospital with many more being over-Wintered by volunteers).

  This has all been done from Frank and Ronnie's property, which brings us to this weeks Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital Ground Breaking Day.November 30th, chosen as it is St.Andrew's Day and coincidentally Ronnie's birthday.Their vision had always been to have an all purpose Hedgehog hospital built and thanks to Elsham Hall Country Park near Brigg that dream is a step closer to becoming a reality.The architectural plans of the new carbon-neutral hospital have been completed and an acre of land donated and so on Thursday with the help of Clare and Tiggy Elwes, Frank and Ronnie were able to watch proudly as the foundation stone was laid.
  The new site of the carbon-neutral, all purpose Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital.

From left to right.
Frank Tett, Tiggy and Clare Elwes, Ronnie Tett and Andrew's Administrator Vee Harness

  We were honoured to be part of such an important day and even the blizzards couldn't dampen the excitement.The view from the new hospital site.

  VIP's and volunteers warmed up in the barn with mulled wine as Frank gave a short speech before once again being interviewed by the local TV news team.

  Frank, Ronnie & Tiggy warming up while enjoying the snow scene.

  Ronnie, with the aid of Clare and Tiggy then cut the cake.Very nice it was too :)

  Hoggie items were available for purchase as well as the new "Buy A Brick" campaign to help fund the build(see end of blog for details).

  Even during such a momentous and historic day, Hedgehog care was still at the forefront of everyone's thoughts and so when the awesome Jo got a call of a young Hog needing help immediate action was taken.A kind member of the public had rescued a juvenile from swerving traffic on the snow covered road in Scunthorpe.She had kept him warm in a blanket and box but was unable to drive in the snow to bring him to the rescue centre.Majella and myself then offered to go fetch the vulnerable Hedgehog and then was able to drop him off into the care of qualified volunteer Kath to assess.He weighed just under 300g so would've struggled to make it through the cold Winter months.He is now safe in the warmth and care of Kath and will be kept fed and monitored and released in the Spring.
  The building of this eco-friendly hospital will have such a positive impact on how many more Hedgehogs can be saved and released back into the wild to help the dwindling population of the Nation's most loved mammal.

  In the meantime help is always needed at the rescue centre.Ferplast Hamster cages, fleecy blankets, Spikes Hedgehog food, meaty Cat food, Burgess Kitten biscuits, newspapers are all constantly required, along with financial donations.
Please contact the hospital(on their website or Facebook page) if you are able to help. :) 

  Also check out the "Buy A Brick" campaign.
It's £5 a brick or for just £10 have your name immortalised on the brick and become part of the new Andrew's Hedgehog Hospital.

  Thank you for reading and to everyone who works so hard to save and protect our British Wildlife.You are all #wildlifeheroes :)


Friday, 21 July 2017

Tiger Blog

  As I had taken quite a few Tiger photos the other day and probably too many to post on Facebook I have decided to do a blog for most of them.

  The Tiger is one of the most recognizable animals on the planet(except to the woman who told her kid it was a Leopard the other day) and it is inconceivable that we may be the last generation to witness them in all their glory out in the wild.With only around 3000 left it is a real possibility that they could become extinct in the wild in our lifetime.
  They are mainly vulnerable from poaching for their body parts as well as through habitat loss causing more frequent human/Tiger conflicts.

 You can help protect the 1200 Tigers left in India and their habitats by supporting the vital ground level work done by Tiger Awareness.From helping communities that live in Tiger areas, educating schools and funding the work and training of the forest guards with much needed equipment and Dogs.

  You can help by joining in my Tiger Prize Draw.Only £2 per ticket with over 10 prizes to win including Lincolnshire Wildlife Park Tickets, Signed book by BBC cameraman & Naturalist John Aitchison, Tiger Duvet Set, Wildlife dvds, Tiger clothing and more.
  Just check out the link below please :)

  Or alternatively you can donate direct to Tiger Awareness at -

  Please, please help us save these magnificent animals before the only place we can see them is in captivity.

  Thank you for reading, now I hope you enjoy the photos of the Amur Tigers :)

  Thanks again for browsing my blog :)
  Working together we can make a positive difference to the Natural World.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

30 Days Wild - The Farne Isles Montage

  Hi all, hope you are all having a great June and enjoying the #30dayswild challenges.Unfortunately my own 30 Days Wild challenge has shuddered to a halt since the 22nd due to my permanent illnesses punishing me for trying to do things lol My medications have been increased and my energy levels have gone through the floor(not that they were that great to begin with ;))
#Chemopillssuck ;)

  So to make up for the last week I am doing this single blogpost about my trip to the Farne Isles on 21st-22nd June.This may look like a long post but there will be very little writing(after this first section) and lots of photos to scroll through :)

  The first day of our planned boat crossing to Staple Island & Inner Farne didn't go to plan.The weather forecast was pretty grim (heavy rain and Thunderstorms) but the owners decided that the trip would be attempted anyway.After a very rough crossing we did actually get to Staple Island where we alighted the boat, walked up the steps and then as a loud roar of thunder screamed down at us the National Trust rangers told us to leave as the weather was getting worse.So we had about 60 seconds to take in the island lol The trip back was very wet, with heavy rain soaking everyone on the open top boat.Waterproofs were not much use lol
  The sea swell was awful and other passengers were being seasick.

Our view around Staple Island

Looking back towards Bamburgh Castle on the mainland.

  The weather cleared up in the evening so we were able to spend some time down on the beach at Beadnell, just South of Seahouses.
  Female Eiders were drumming up worms for the youngsters from the shallows as the tide came in.

  The sandy cliffs had provided the ideal home for a colony of Sand Martins.

  The next day was much better weather-wise and so we could look forward to calmer waters and visits to both Staple Island and Inner Farne :)
  The seven main bird species nesting on the islands(not counting the Gulls) are the Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Arctic Terns, Sandwich Terns, Shags and Kittiwakes.There were also Fulmars, Eiders and Mallards on the Isles.
  Here are some photographs of each species.First, most people's favourite, the Puffin.

  The Guillemots including a few Bridled Guillemots with their white eye rings.


    The bird that migrates further than any other, Arctic Terns.

  Sandwich Terns



  While on the boat we also spotted some Grey Seals.

  There you have it, a selection of photos from the 200+ I had taken while on the incredible Farne Isles.If you love birds and haven't had the chance to visit then I strongly encourage you to try and arrange a trip there.We usually travel in June to have the best chance of watching the Puffins fly in from the sea with food for their Pufflings.

  Thank you so much for wading through that rather large amount of photographs.I hope you enjoyed looking through some of them :)