SICK and abandoned baby hedgehogs are being nursed back to health by a rescue group which has celebrated its second birthday.
Volunteers at Hedgehugs proudly celebrated two years of helping hundreds of the animals found abandoned and injured in gardens around the district.
A loyal team of helpers have helped looked after more than 600 hedgehogs, some left by their mothers and others injured by garden equipment, since the group formed in October 2009.
Around 140 hedgehogs are currently staying at the Wrenthorpe rescue centre, which is run by Pauline Derrig and Wendy Plummer.
Mrs Plummer said the group, which formed in response to dwindling numbers of hedgehogs, continued to call for donations of cat food, towels, sheets and blankets.
She thanked everybody who attended a second birthday party at Outwood Memorial Hall, which raised £740 for the rescue.
Mrs Plummer said: “Fifty years ago, the hedgehog population was many times what it is now.
“But people have built roads and gardens which have disturbed their habitat.
“We have had some awful winters recently and we have been inundated. There has also been an increase in parasites which affect hedgehogs.”
Mrs Plummer said anybody who found a hedgehog should contact their nearest vet.
For advice and support about hedgehogs, log on to www.hedge hugs.net or call 07527 185620.