Brightwalton youngsters launch 'save the hedgehog' campaign
The hedgehogs were helplessly entangled in Brightwalton cricket club’s practice nets when they were found by a dog walker.
Enlisting children from Brightwalton Pre-School, which is based in the local village hall, residents John and Clare Draper along with Bill Lawrence the groundsman, cut the nets and freed the panicked pair.
Edward Draper, who attends the nursery school, went with his parents to check on the progress of the hedgehogs released and then reported back to the children at the nursery.
They made hedgehog hand-print posters requesting that cricket clubs with nets pull them up when not in use and attached posters to cricket nets in their own local villages.
The manager of the nursery, Lyn Harrison, said: “The children were very concerned about the hedgehogs getting trapped, so I knew we had to do something to try and stop this happening again.
“A real life situation like that, makes the children very aware of how vulnerable wildlife can be when man’s activities can inadvertently cause distress.”
The pre-school said it hopes that encouraging local residents to take simple actions will ensure success for the survival of these increasingly-threatened creatures.