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CORONAVIRUS

Please don't leave a sick or injured hedgehog when you see one assuming that we are closed and can no longer offer help. We are still working under social distancing restrictions as advised by the Government. Usually hedgehogs in need of help are seen out in daylight, but of course might also be seen after dark. Now we are in Spring please don't pick up a hedgehog after dark just because it looks a bit small, but is unhurt - there should be plenty of natural food for them now.

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. Animal care is a permissable reason to be out. At the moment we are asking that you either bring the hedgehog in to us and leave it just inside the hog room or if you are staying at home, we will try to find a volunteer in your area and ask you to leave the box and hedgehog on your doorstep or somewhere else secure outside your house.

For releasing we will bring the hedgehog to your garden and leave it in a sack of hay where you tell us to - please, provide food and water once we have gone..

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

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


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Join us on Facebook     for up to date news and pictures of our latest arrivals. You can also join in the conversations. It is amazing how far round the world the page is seen!

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/

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Facebook fund raising page:  We have a new 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.


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


More Knitters wanted!   Please phone Pam on  01534 481764 if you would like a lesson in how to knit our woolly hogs. The knitting pattern is on the website now!  We have wool and needles, please don't buy any yourself! Knitting pattern

Dru has decided that she 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 onwards. 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.


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.
Please remember to put out lots of bowls of water and some cat or dog food for any hedgehogs which may visit your garden. Feeding stations are available at White Lodge. Any hedgehog lying in the open out of its nest in the daytime will probably need help. Please put it in a deep box (with gloved hands) and ring us on 734340.

                                        
STRIMMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN  See our Strimmer awareness page  Our new poster  is on the website

We are trying to prevent the usual large number of hedgehogs being killed or injured by strimmers and brush cutters.  We are asking people to check for wildlife before they start work - if the vegetation is very high, to cut to knee height first, then check, then cut lower once they are sure there is nothing there to be hurt.  We are having flyers and stickers for the machines printed.  If you would like some of these please email jerseyhedgehogs@hotmail.co.uk   

The flyers also contain advice about what to do if you discover a nest of Mum and babes while you are working
                                  

We are working with other environmental organisations in the island to try to change public attitudes to the Branchage and hedge and field margin management, so that vegetation will not be cut down to the ground, but left to a height of at least 6" (15cm) or 1 foot (30cm) for hedgehogs and that the inner margins of fields and hedges are not cut back in the summer when the roadsides have to be cut, but the work is carried out during the winter, when birds are not nesting, nuts and berries are not on the trees and hedgehogs should be safely tucked away in their nests. Please see our page on Branchage/Habitat

Branchage Campaign
New guidelines on Banque, Hedgerow and Tree Management have been prepared by Cassie Horton and her colleagues on the Branchage Action Group in collaboration with the Natural Environment Department, the Constables‘ Committee and the Jersey Farmers‘ Union. The final guidelines are now available on the gov.je website www.gov.je/SiteCollectionDocuments/Home%20and%20community/ID%20Branchage%20booklet%20English%2020191126%20DM.pdf


A sheet with do’s and don’ts for branchage has been prepared for machine operators to keep in their tractor cabs or vans. This can also be found on the gov.je website www.gov.je/SiteCollectionDocuments/Home%20and%20community/ID%20Branchage%20management%20guidelines%2020190626%20DM.pdf Portuguese www.gov.je/SiteCollectionDocuments/Home%20and%20community/ID%20Branchage%20management%20guidelines%20Portuguese%20version%2020160626%20DM.pdf and Polish
https://www.gov.je/SiteCollectionDocuments/Home%20and%20community/ID%20Branchage%20management%20guidelines%20Polish%20translation%2020190626.pdf translations are also available.
A Facebook Group has been set up Branchage and Beyond Nurturing Nature’s Highways, please join the campaign https://www.facebook.com/groups/2165667020212744/
Some road side banks have not been scalped right to the top this year, there are lots of good examples of sensitive management all over the island where the tops have been left uncut until September to provide habitat and nectar for insects and highways for hedgehogs.


SPRING 2020 

 

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 be sure to ring us before you bring it in to us. If you are not able to leave home, we may have a volunteer who could collect it from outside your house, please put it in a box you do not want returned to you.

FUNDRAISING

 

 

Sale of catnip hogs : Staff at New Era, Archway, Leodis and Allpets vets, Animal Kingdom and Le Marquands shops raised £463 in January and February by selling woolly catnip hogs.

This would not be possible without the help of Annie in Guernsey, June, Ann, Sarah, Jenny, Terry, Liz, Petra, Joan, Gladys, Beryl in UK and Sylvia. If you would like to help us knit these hogs the pattern is here

Monique and Andy have kindly supplied more apple sticks now on sale at New Era Vets for chinchillas, rabbits and other nibblers. Thanks to Sharon Unwin for her apple prunings.

 

 

Donation:  We are very grateful to the Trustees of the Roy Overland Charitable Trust for their kind donation of £50.


 

Dress Down Days  The staff at Philean Trust Company held 2 dress down days and donated  £60 to us. Many thanks to all involved.

St Peter's Garden Centre has given us bags of dog and cat biscuits which have been enjoyed by the hogs.  Thanks very much!

Provisional Advance notice - Antiques Fair in St Mary  on 15th and 16th August. We are very grateful to Jill and Daniel Gayet for their sponsorship of the fees for this 2 day event. If you have any good quality bric a brac or collectables to donate please let Monique know on 768466. We do hope this event will take place as it is our main fund raiser for the year.

 

HEDGEHOG NEWS                            

ADMISSIONS SO FAR THIS YEAR:

JANUARY                ADMISSIONS  11       DEATHS  7               RELEASES  34

FEBRUARY               ADMISSIONS  13       DEATHS  6               RELEASES  27 
   
MARCH                   ADMISSIONS  9         DEATHS  4                RELEASES   37

 

The over-wintering hogs have been released on and off all through this winter as it has been so mild.  Many thanks to all those finders who came to collect their hogs to take them home again, this saved us such a lot of time and effort. If we are still looking after a hedgehog you found which you would like to release back into your garden, we will arrange for a volunteer to bring it back to your garden and we would be grateful if you could continue to provide it with food and water.

Many thanks to our volunteers, Monique, Pam, Phil, Louisa, Stine, Emily, Anne, Monya, Hannah H and Hannah Le R , Amanda, Hilary, Rose Anne, Fiona, Joy, Gerry and staff from Valla Limited for their help in recent months.

 

We have admitted some very poorly older hogs some have been put to sleep, one had a tumour which looked like a dog bite and one had blood in his mouth which was suspected rat poisoning rather than a dental problem, another was very twitchy due to a brain or spinal problem or possibly the result of slug pellet poisoning. There have been some very noisy, chesty older hogs some of which have made remarkable recoveries. A very small hog admitted in February at only 283g has done really well in spite of very noisy breathing.

 

TAG RETURN One of last summer’s babies was found again during the day at her release site, she was a bit thin but has done very well and will be returned home after a short spell of TLC.

Good Rescue  A very kind lady on the school run stopped to pick up a very small hog (233g) from the road by Queens Valley Reservoir one February afternoon, she took him home and Gerry very kindly went and collected him and brought him here. Against all the odds he did really well and has been released.

  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. If you are self isolating we should be able to find a volunteer who can collect the hog from outside your house if you put it in an escape-proof box which you do not want returned to you. 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.  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 which can be collected from the garage at White Lodge by prior arrangement.

 

 

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2020

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from  3rd - 9th 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. This year they are asking people to make space for hedgehogs in their gardens by building a log pile or leaving a wild area or having a hedgehog home, you can also help by:

·         Ensuring there is access into the garden (all that is needed is 5”/13cm square gap).

·         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 or reducing the amount of pesticides and poisons used.

·         Covering drains or deep holes.

·         Ensuring there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.

(The usual number of awareness events all over the UK will probably not happen this year – such a shame for hedgehogs with people spending more time at home – hopefully not manicuring their gardens to a whisker!)

 

Seedy Sunday  Thanks to Hannah, Monya and Hannah for all their hard work at our tables at Le Rocquier on 16th February.  The fair was very well attended and lots of people came to the stand and asked questions, in addition we raised £140 from hoggy merchandise. At least one awareness event under our belts before lock-down.

 

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. 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.


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 whatever its size, lying out 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 on 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.

 


 

 

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