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Caring for Jersey's hedgehogs - jerseyhedgehogs@hotmail.co.uk 01534 734340
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CORONAVIRUS

Please don't leave a sick or injured hedgehog when you see one we are working normally now. Usually hedgehogs in need of help are seen out in daylight, but of course might also be seen after dark.

Please always wear gloves or use a towel to pick up any hedgehog or other wildlife, we don't yet know if they can get Covid-19 but may be carriers. This is always a good precaution because of all the other bugs they can have some of which can be passed to humans. Limit your handling of the hedgehog to a minimum.

Please put the hedgehog in a box with ripped up newspaper or hay and close the lid! Ring us on 01534 734340 for our latest advice. We ask that you bring the hedgehog in to us or if you are isolating or cannot drive we will find a volunteer in your area to collect it from you.

We are registered with the Jersey Charity Commissioner - Registered Charity No 4

If you would like to donate by bank transfer our account is
Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group,
HSBC
Account No 71401602
Code 40-25-33

If you shop at the Co-op and would like to donate your divi, our share number is 325001 - thank you!

EasyFundraising: follow this link and choose us as your good cause and donate every time you shop online! it won't cost you a penny, the retailer you shop from will donate a percentage to us if they are part of the scheme.
https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/jerseyhedgehogpg/

To receive our newsletter please email jerseyhedgehogs@hotmail.co.uk

Join us on Facebook     for up to date news and pictures of our latest arrivals.

If you would like to join our Jersey Wild Hedgehog Forum on Facebook where you can post your own hedgehog stories and photos  please follow this link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477404052514698/


Facebook fund raising page:  We have a page on Facebook where we are selling donated items, if you would like to join the group please follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681328032000415/ We are asking people to collect their items from White Lodge, we won't have time to deliver them to you.  We hope this will raise lots of money for the hogs.


Please report any sightings of hedgehogs to the Jersey Biodiversity Centre https://jerseybiodiversitycentre.org.je/  or call 01534 633393 so we will gain vital information about what is happening to the population.


SPRING 2021 

Hedgehogs are now up and about, so do keep a lookout for their droppings in your garden and put out food and water when you see traces of them. They are very thirsty after hibernation so water is essential even if you cannot put food out.  If you find one out in daytime do please pick it up with gloves, and ring us on 734340 before you bring it in to us. Releases this Spring have been stop and start as the weather kept on playing tricks on us.


HEDGEHOG NEWS
ADMISSIONS SO FAR THIS YEAR:
JANUARY        ADMISSIONS  17    DEATHS  19        RELEASES   3
FEBRUARY     ADMISSIONS    8     DEATHS    3        RELEASES  15
MARCH         ADMISSIONS    11     DEATHS   7        RELEASES  14 

The over-wintering hogs have (mostly) been released.  Many thanks to all those of you who came to collect your hogs to take them home again, this saved us such a lot of time and effort. Mon and Dru have been working on their own in their respective homes, our volunteers have been collecting or releasing hogs and running other errands for us.

TAG AND OTHER RETURNS One of last summer’s babies was found dead quite a way from his release site. A mature lady from last summer was found again near her release site and came back for some TLC. She has a chronic bad chest which shows nothing of concern on x-ray.

ANOTHER LITTER HAZARD  Mon picked up over 50 discarded masks from the hedgerows and pavements near her home on her daily walks, mainly near bus stops and the school, this is a new hazard for hogs to add to the list of elastic bands, disposable cups, snack packets, beer rings, cable ties etc. as they could easily become tangled in the ear loops of the masks.

Springtime routine: At any time you could see a hedgehog “sunbathing” or lying out of its nest in day time; if you do, please put it in a box (using gloves) keep it inside the house, give it some water to drink and some dog or cat food and please give us a ring before bringing it down to us.  Flies will lay their eggs on any sick hog which lacks the strength to push them away.  Please take extra care not to injure any hogs when clearing overgrown areas, turning compost or moving  piles of grass cuttings. Our first strimmed hog of the year was put to sleep in March, his nose was badly damaged. Another whose leg had been chopped off was also put to sleep as the bone was too badly infected. A third who had a nasty head wound died at the vets after his operation.
You may like to join the No Mow May campaign and desist from using your mower next month to help pollinating insects. Please check your garden for potential hog hazards, cover your drains, pick up any discarded netting which may be lying on the ground, make sure your pond or swimming pool has some means of escape for any hog which might fall in. Dru has plastic mesh for you to use as ladders in swimming pools. This can be collected from White Lodge by prior arrangement.

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2021
Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from  2nd to 8th May this year. It is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how to help them.  You can help by:
Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5”/13cm square gap).
Creating a log pile to provide food and shelter.
Providing a hedgehog house (available from Dru for £20)
Checking areas before strimming or mowing.
Moving piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
Ensuring netting is kept at a safe height.
Checking compost heaps before digging the fork in.
Stopping the use of pesticides and poisons.
Covering drains or deep holes.
Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.

HEDGEHOG BOXES  Dru has a supply of both feeding and nesting boxes courtesy of the States of Jersey Prison Service who now charge us so we ask a £15 donation for feeding boxes and £20 for nesting boxes. Please ring 01534 734340 to arrange collection.

ANY HEDGEHOG LYING OUT IN DAYLIGHT, unless its nest has just been disturbed, will be in trouble and will need help. Please put it in a deep box in a warm room with some food and water and ring us as soon as you can. Some injuries are not obvious and if hogs are hurt, they may well come out in the day. Please pick up the hog before you phone us - we have had several people  phone first and then the hog has disappeared by the time they go back to look for it! If you see a hog out in the daylight, please rescue it the first time you see it, don't wait until the next day.

THANKS FOR GIFTS AND DONATIONS  Thanks to St Peter's Garden Centre for their gifts of dog and cat food.  Many thanks to everyone who has given us gifts of food and other supplies.

KNITTING We should be grateful for any DK wool you may have to spare, bright colours sell best, . If you would like to help us knit these hogs, the knitting pattern is on our website   Please only volunteer if you can already knit, purl and cast on.
Please phone Pam on  01534 481764 if you need help with making the loops she can show you how.   We have wool and needles, please don't buy any yourself! 

Newspapers, sacks, boxes, hay and food:  Thanks to all of you who have brought us newspapers, hay, boxes and paper sacks for the hogs to nest in. Thanks to the JSPCA for more van loads of newspapers.  Donations of James Wellbeloved Turkey cat biscuits or Pedigree loaf tins are always welcome. You can donate from our Amazon Wish List, please follow this link:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_wishlist_btn
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Many thanks in advance

PRIVACY STATEMENT: . We will need your permission to hold your contact details which are only used either to send you our newsletter, or to arrange for a hedgehog release if you have offered your garden as a release site or to ask you to volunteer if you have offered some help. If you have sent (or are about to send) us a membership renewal slip that will count as permission granted. We do not do any marketing and your personal information is kept securely and will never be shared with anyone else.

Dru will only be available between the hours of 8am and 8pm to take in or release hedgehogs. If you find an injured hog after 8pm in the evening, please ring New Era vets on 07797 711585 and take it to them. You will not be charged for their services. For most of the year uninjured hedgehogs seen after dark should be left to go about their business, the only exceptions are small autumn juveniles under 450g from November to March.  These should be kept in a box overnight in a warm room with bedding and food and water and brought to Dru in the morning. If you need an out of hours animal ambulance, please phone the JSPCA Animals' Shelter emergency line on 07797 720331.

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.   Do put out food and water for them if they are in your garden.

If you find a hedgehog, lying out of tis nest in daylight please pick it up with gloves, put it in a box with some cat or dog food and a dish of water and give us a ring between 8am and 8pm on 01534 734340 if you live in Jersey.  If you are in the UK please phone 01584 890 801 for advice or information on carers in your area, there is a 24 hour answering service.
The exception to this rule is in the summer when the evenings are still light and the hours of darkness are short and hedgehogs are out and about foraging quite happily while it is still light.  Mother hedgehogs sometimes come out of their nests during daylight to feed, to make a nest or move their babies, if she is moving with purpose and not lying listlessly in one spot please leave her be and offer her a dish of food and some water if she is in your garden.

 


 

 

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