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. Now we are in Summer 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. We ask 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..
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More Knitters wanted! Please phone Pam on 01534 481764 if you would like to knit our woolly hogs. Please only volunteer if you are able to cast on, knit and purl - if you need help with making the loops we can show you how. 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 email@example.com
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.
Please remember to put out lots of bowls of water and some cat or dog food for any hedgehogs which may visit your garden. 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. This is especially important as hedgehogs are carriers of lots of bugs and diseases and should never be handled with bare hands. The exception to this is mother hedgehogs who often leave their nests during daylight hours to forage or maybe move their young, but they will be walking purposefully, not lying down or wobbling around. They should be left where they are unless they are in the road or another dangerous place when they should be moved to a safe place nearby. Many thanks to the finders who have taken the hedgehogs they found straight to the vets for us or brought them here and collected them for release..
SUMMER ROUTINE: You can really help the hedgehogs which visit your garden by making sure there are bowls of water on the ground and (cat or dog) food left out for them - dry complete cat food is easier as it doesn't attract the flies - if you put the food under a box with a 13cm hole cut out of the side, it will deter cats, seagulls etc from taking the food. This is vital in spells of hot, dry weather. Please DO NOT give mealworms, peanuts or sunflower seeds all can lead to brittle bones. Thanks to Hannah we have nest boxes and wooden and plastic feeding boxes for sale from £5-£25.
HAZARDS FOR HEDGEHOGS
Cutting and mowing: There are plenty of hazards for hedgehogs, especially at this time of year so please take extra care when cutting hedges or long grass. If you are at home more than usual please resist the temptation to manicure your garden, leave a nice wild patch for hogs and other wildlife. If you employ a gardener, ask them to check before starting work to be sure no hedgehogs are nesting where they are going to cut. Please be prepared to pay for the extra time this will take to save lives. Please don’t cut too close to the ground and leave as much as you can uncut until the wild flower seeds have set. This will help pollinating insects as well.
Sheds and garages: Hogs can get trapped inside sheds and garages if the doors are left open and then shut later, especially during summer when the evenings are light.
Pools, ponds and brooks: If you have a pool or pond or a brook make sure that any hog which falls in can get out again, they are good swimmers and climbers, but need an escape ramp made out of wire netting, firm plastic mesh or rough wood. Put dishes of water in another part of the garden and the hogs may drink from them without bothering with the swimming pool! We have plastic mesh at White Lodge if you would like a couple of lengths for your pool or pond.
3 hedgehogs have been rescued from swimming pools, 1 from a pool cover, one from a pond and two from a brook. The second rescue was a community affair involving a young lad who must have got the hog out of the brook because it was covered in pond weed when Monique got it. A lady spotted him making a nest for the hog under a tree and phoned Dru, she had to leave but recruited 2 more mums to wait for Monique to show her where the hedgehog was.
Netting: Please make sure that all unused netting is safely stored away and if in use in the garden it is pulled taut and pegged down and any surplus cut off. If used for growing beans or peas, leave a 5”/13cm gap underneath and the hogs will happily wander about underneath. If you have badminton or other sports nets, please lift them off the ground after play. An adult female was cut out of a badminton net which had been left on the ground and taken to the JSPCA, she has been released.
Drains and other holes: Please check that all your drains or any other holes in your garden are covered. One poor pig was trapped in a pit at Longueville Manor and died of starvation there.
Traps: 5 hedgehogs have been rescued from humane rat traps with no permanent ill effects and released.
Cupboard at School: A mature female was found in a school cupboard - it is a mystery how she got in there.
In Tortoise House with noose round neck: an independent juvenile was found in a tortoise house with a string noose loosely round his neck - no harm done - makes you wonder what other mishaps he may have got into since leaving mum and the rest of the family!
Dogs: If you have a dog who goes for hedgehogs, please go with him into the garden at night and if he harms them, put a soft muzzle on him outside at night. A hog with a nasty infected head wound and a broken hind leg was put to sleep the wound did not look like a strimmer injury and could have been a dog bite.
DOES THIS HEDGEHOG NEED HELP?
Nest disturbance: There were newborn babies in Guernsey in April but we had no calls about them until mid May. It is the breeding season, so if you clear a patch or a pile of rubbish which has been left for some time, or move a shed, you may find a mother and her babies. The best thing to do is to leave the nest undisturbed once you have discovered it, and put out food and water for Mum to help her produce lots of milk. If the work cannot be postponed, then please put on some gloves and pick up the whole family (Mum first, so she doesn‘t run off) and put them in a deep box OR PUT A BUCKET WITH A STONE ON IT OVER THE WHOLE FAMILY INCLUDING MUM and phone us to come and rescue them. Please phone us at once to give them the best chance of survival.
We have never had so many mums and babes in care at once! A mum and 4 newborns were found in a bale of hay in some stables, the hay was being used every day so they were all brought to us but the mum was upset by the disturbance and was not interested in her babies, they all died. Monique rescued a Mum and 3 newborns from the building site at Samares. 2 newborns were found out in the sun on a driveway but died later the same day, it looked like they had not been fed by mum before she ran off. 2 females gave birth here in the outside pen, one was recovering from a head wound and the other had had her leg caught between 2 slabs on FB Fields, a mum with 2 newborns was found when a shed was demolished in St Ouen, mum and 4 were found under a cement mixer at Highlands, mum and 3 were found in an outbuilding on a farm, and a mum and 4 were in an enclosed garden in St Ouens.
When to intervene? If you see a hedgehog "sunbathing" or lying still in the open for some time in daylight give us a ring as there will probably be something wrong, and often it is hard to see if they are hurt when they are rolled up, so please pick it up with gloves, put it in a box inside the house away from flies and give us a ring on 734340 and bring it in to us if you can, if you are unable to bring it, then one of us will come and collect it.
Hedgehogs in long grass (or feeding boxes) during warm weather: You may find a hedgehog not in its nest on a warm day, they often just lie up in long grass (or your feeding box) when it's hot and don't go into a nest. As long as the hog looks nice and healthy and is under some cover don't worry - but they should not be lying right out in the open. Give us a ring if you aren't sure and we can decide what's the best thing to do for the hog. A dish of water and some dog or cat food may be all that is needed.
Females out in daylight: When the nights are short, female hogs often come out of their nests while it is light. If you see a large hedgehog walking around with purpose in daylight hours, possibly carrying grass or leaves in her mouth or foraging for food, please leave well alone, she may have babies nearby or be about to give birth. Do put out food and water for her, as this will help her a lot. Please phone Dru if you are not sure if the hog needs help or not. Be prepared for a lot of questions!
IS THIS BABY LOST? Please keep an eye out for young hogs out in the daytime, if they are left in the open, flies will lay their eggs on them and birds will peck at them. When they are about a month old, they leave the nest with Mum at night but sometimes they get separated from the rest of the family and are found the next day. If you find one (or more!) of these hoglets, please pick it up (wearing gloves) and put it in a box away from the flies and keep it warm. Please don't wait a few days before taking action, it makes our task so much harder if not impossible if they are cold and fly struck by the time we get them. If it has a pointy, furry face, offer it some water to drink and some mushy cat or dog food and give us a ring. Please contact Dru on 734340 at once, this is especially important if it is too young to feed itself. They are often found because they are yelling in discomfort because they need to empty their bladder and/or bowels, this is one of the reasons they need urgent help because they are unable to do this for themselves when they are very young.
DONATIONS: We are so grateful to Rachel for £130 from her painted stones. The Trustees of the Elizabeth Rouse Settlement have given us £500 for which we are extremely grateful.
Aaron’s bikes have raised £102 in their tin by blowing up people’s tyres he was doing a roaring trade during lockdown. Thank you so much.
Admissions for the last 3 months:
April May June
Admissions 23 54 83
Deaths 11 30 29
Releases 36 21 19
STRIMMER INJURIES So many hogs had their heads, noses and/or legs hit by strimmers, in May 11 were put to sleep, the vets sewed up 3 head wounds, only one has survived to give birth in care. Of a total of 16 strimmer injuries in May only 3 have survived. The carnage continued into June with a head wound to the skull and a nasty nose injury being put to sleep, another hog with a head wound died at the vets.. A tag return hog died in care, he had had minor wounds to his head and nose but these were not the reason for his death. A hog with a smelly head wound is still in care doing OK.
Damaged legs: A hog with an enormous front leg which was dislocated at the shoulder as well as the leg itself being badly damaged was also put to sleep. A female with a badly injured hind leg had it amputated and is doing well. Another with both hind legs badly injured was put to sleep at once.
4 with tumours have been put to sleep. One strimmed hog also had bone cancer. One with a ruptured bladder and another with a rotten tongue were both put to sleep.
A hog which had been stuck under a fence for several days was put to sleep because of her injuries.
2 hedgehogs with similar swollen throat and tongue have been put to sleep the vet was not sure of the reason for these injuries.
Good Rescue: A very kind man was walking in Grands Vaux and found a female hog in the road, she was in a very poor way, very thin with an abscess on the side of her face, 2 hoglets came out of the hedge towards him as he picked her up so he rescued all 3. The mum who had used up all her strength looking after these 2 very healthy babes was taken straight to the vets and put to sleep but the 2 hoglets continue to thrive.
Beach Boy: A hedgehog was rescued from near the outfall at First Tower and brought to us by the JSPCA.
TAG AND OTHER RETURNS 13 of last year’s babies returned to care, three didn’t make it, 5 have been re-released and 5 remain in care. One had a sliced bottom which was sewn up by the vets and has healed very well. One had a sliced nose and head which had partially healed but had lost a lot of weight since release and didn’t make it. A very sad ending for one of last winter’s juveniles she was heard screaming in pain under a shed, she continued to yell when she was put in the garden so was taken straight to the vets who found that she was trying to abort rotten babies, she was put to sleep after only 2 months back in the wild. An old friend from 2018 was found again with breathing problems and has been readmitted.
Care Team Our volunteers did not work at White Lodge during lockdown but did ambulance runs for Dru. Many thanks to all of them who have sometimes had to find places with very sketchy directions! We are now back to almost normal with more of us working together at a safe distance.
Woodchips: We are grateful as ever to Ian Averty of Channel Island Tree Services for his regular gift of a load of woodchips to cover the outside pens.
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 advanc
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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.