CARING FOR JERSEY'S HEDGEHOGS SINCE 1992 CONTACT US BY RINGING 01534 734340 BETWEEN 8AM AND 8PM OR BY EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group rescues, rehabilitates and releases back into the wild Western European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in Jersey, British Channel Islands.
If you find a hedgehog out in daytime or a sick or injured one at any time of day or night this is what to do:
Any hedgehog found out in daylight at anytime of year whatever its size will be in need of immediate help, so please phone us at once on 734340 if you live in Jersey or contact your nearest carer or a vet if you live elsewhere. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY (unless it is late at night), even then if the hedgehog is injured or sick please seek help at once.
OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCIES FOR INJURED HEDGEHOGS BETWEEN 8PM AND 8AM: New Era Veterinary Hospital, Georgetown - please phone 07797 711585 and take the hedgehog to the hospital. If you are unable to take the casualty to New Era please phone the JSPCA emergency ambulance line: 07797 720331. You will not be charged for JSPCA or veterinary services.
If you find a small hedgehog at night from November to March weighing less than 450g (which will fit on one hand if you pick it up), it will be too small to survive the winter without our help. Please pick it up with gloves or a towel and if the hedgehog is unhurt, please put it in a box with some cat/dog food and water and ripped up newspaper to hide in, keep the box in a warm room and phone 734340 after 8am the next morning.
If you live in the UK, please phone the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890 801, out of office hours they have an answerphone which gives you the phone numbers of carers who will answer your call round the clock and give advice and be able to put you in contact with a hedgehog rehabilitator in your area. http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/
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The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the People's Trust for Endangered Species have launched a new initiative to encourage people to do all they can for hedgehogs. You can become a Hedgehog Champion and link with others in your area to make your gardens hedgehog friendly:
OUR AIMS AND WHAT WE DO:
PUBLIC AWARENESS: We try to increase public awareness about hedgehogs in Jersey and the dangers they face living in a small Island so near to humans and all the hazards they cause for wildlife. We give talks to groups of all ages, interviews to the media and take part in fund raising events. We produce quarterly newsletters for our members. You are welcome to join the Group, our current minimum annual subscription is £5 per year.
Hedgehog Care: We care for any sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs found by members of the public and one they are fit again, we release them back into the wild as near to where they were found as is sensible. This is done under veterinary guidance. We work closely with the New Era Veterinary Hospital, Georgetown, Jersey. If you find a hedgehog in trouble, probably lying out of its nest in the daytime, do give us a ring on 734340 (if you live in Jersey - if you live in the UK please contact your local vet or wildlife centre or the BHPS number given above). We will do our best to restore it to health or care for it until it is big enough to survive in the wild on its own. Occasionally hedgehogs are so badly injured that the vets decide that they cannot be released back into the wild, then they are cared for in safe enclosed gardens for the rest of their lives.
Scientific Research: We contribute information for scientific research about hedgehogs. We keep records of all hedgehogs in our care and fit most of them with numbered ear-tags to identify them if they are found again. We rely on members of the public to tell us when they find a tagged hedgehog either dead or alive.So if you find a hedgehog with an ear tag in Jersey, please contact us on 734340, even if it is dead, it will add to our knowledge of what happens to them once they have been released, for example: how far they travel from the release point, how long they live and we may be able to tell if the problems it had on its first visit have recurred. Our oldest tagged hog lived for 6 years in the wild and spent the last year of his life back with us in captivity because the vet had taken all his teeth out.