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King's Lynn and West Norfolk urged in heatwave to leave water out for dehydrated mammals

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Is there anything more pitiful than seeing small creatures – birds, mammals, insects – dying in the verges and hedgerows because of a lack of water and food?

As the recent hot temperatures have shown, too much sunshine and heat can be devastating for nature. While we are able to retire to air-conditioned buildings or rehydrate with easily accessible water (most of the time), for the creatures that we share this earth with, that is not an option.

This past few weeks has seen moles, hedgehogs, voles, badgers and other creatures venture out of their usual habitats in a desperate search for water and food. Grassland such as meadows, lawns and verges are just brown, dead stalks. Water sources are drying up and food sources such as worms and other grubs are burying deeper into the soil to find moisture.

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