Fernhurst Good Companions

David and Lillian Mansell admiring a hedgehog called Harvey,  rescued by Graham Bowring. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
David and Lillian Mansell admiring a hedgehog called Harvey, rescued by Graham Bowring. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
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GRAHAM Bowring from Petworth brought along some very prickly creatures to meet Fernhurst Good Companions.

Graham rescues hedgehogs and he took two to the Companions to explain how and why he has spent the last 16 years doing this good deed.

It all started by chance when he lived in the New Forest and found five baby hedgehogs or hoglets.

It was too late in the year for them to put on enough weight to hibernate so he had to feed them all winter, and during that time people heard about him 
and stared bringing in others.

Very soon the Hampshire Hedgehog Preservation Society was founded and at its height had 120 hedgehogs in its care.

They come for all reasons – they were found too small to live by themselves, caught in wire, hit by strimmers or mowers, damaged by predators, or were just very hungry or cold.

Graham told a range of amusing stories about his spikey friends, who, in the case of ten-month-old Harvey, weighed in at five pounds.

The next meeting is on November 13 at 2.30pm in the village hall.

It is the AGM where members have the opportunity to put forward their suggestions and ideas for future talks and outings.

For more information about this thriving club ring the leader on 01428 653266.