Heatwave threatens Surrey’s wildlife
Leatherhead charity Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) is concerned about this year’s young.
It is warning that groundwater levels are dangerously low so many animals are dehydrated and malnourished.
WAF is already experiencing an upsurge in patients, particularly very young animals, due to hot, dry weather conditions.
WAF chief executive Simon Cowell MBE said: “The heatwave is having a devastating effect on wildlife here in Surrey.
“Groundwater levels here are dangerously low, causing great suffering among wild animals.
“The reason why the hot dry weather is such a catastrophe for wildlife is that very young animals don’t know how to find water when it’s scarce.
“They have not yet learned how to forage for food and water. The heat and the lack of groundwater can be a fatal combination for young animals.”
Simon wants people to help by putting out water for wildlife in their gardens: “It would assist greatly if as many people as possible could put out shallow dishes of water in their gardens. This would be particularly useful for vulnerable small animals, such as hedgehogs, whose numbers are already declining and who will be hit hard by this heatwave.
“Please keep a lookout for orphaned or injured wildlife, and report any incidents to us here at WAF. If you see an obviously injured or weakened animal with flies buzzing round, and with yellow eggs on it, those eggs will be maggots in a matter of hours, so you need to notify WAF right away.”