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ANIMAL CHAT: Rickmansworth wildlife rescuer appears on national TV to talk hedgehogs

 Published on: 19th May 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Chris Wicks, the founder of Rickmansworth-based animal rescue charity CW Wildlife Rescue, made a special appearance on ITV last month to discuss conservation.

Featuring on long-running magazine show This Morning on May 5, Mr Wicks joined the programme’s resident vet Dr Scott Miller to talk about one of the country’s most beloved animals, the humble hedgehog.

The UK’s native hedgehog population has sadly been in decline for a number of years now, with campaign group Hedgehog Street stating that a third of the species has been lost since the millennium.

The central reason for this is unclear, but several reasons have been put forward, including the use of pesticides, lack of connectivity between gardens and busy roads.

In the programme, Dr Scott explained that he and a number of others have recently purchased a forest in Surrey which they are hoping to repopulate with wild, native species.

Speaking about plans put forward by Dr Scott on the TV appearance, Mr Wicks said: “This is exactly what we’re try to achieve at CW Wildlife. We had a discussion about hedgehogs, their problems, habits and requirements.

“At the end of the show, we released 4 hogs into this pristine area, and they are now living free. This will be an ongoing project, so watch this space!”

CW Wildlife Rescue is a charity that cares for injured and sick wildlife in the area and has been doing so for the last eight years. To find out more about them, visit their website.

Photo Credit: Granada Television

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