In collaboration with the Hedgehog Hospital at Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity, Trumpington Meadows has become an official hedgehog release centre, and Nora was the first to be released on Friday 27 September. The connection of habitat between nature reserves and surrounding areas is important for all wildlife - but becoming increasingly crucial for hedgehog survival; numbers have declined by about 30% in the last 15 years and there are now thought to be only 1 million hedgehogs in the entire UK.
The Trust's rangers have created a small pen at Trumpington, and the future plan is that up to four times a year, one or two hedgehogs which have been rehabilitated in the hospital will come to stay in the pen for a few days before being released safely onto the reserve.
Nora was found in St Neots by Trumpington Meadows ranger Becky Green back in August. “It was a hot day and she didn't look well; as hedgehogs are nocturnal we realised something was wrong.” Becky and her partner called Shepreth's Hedgehog Hospital who took her in; she had a cut on her foot and many fly eggs attached round her face which can cause fly strike - often deadly. Overnight she didn’t eat and lost weight, before eventually rallying, eating plenty of food and getting back on the road to recovery.