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We are now 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
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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: 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  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 for 2019 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   

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. Once they are finalised they will appear on and parish websites. The draft is on our website.

An illustrated booklet will be produced in time for distribution next year.
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 be found at the end of this newsletter and on our website Portuguese and Polish translations are also available from Dru.
A new Facebook Group has been set up Branchage and Beyond Nurturing Nature’s Highways, please join the campaign
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.

Autumn 2019
Please continue putting out food and water for the hogs which visit your garden until they go into hibernation as it can mean the difference between life and death for young hedgehogs who need to weigh at least 550g or 1lb 4oz to survive  the winter. This only applies to this year's youngsters, adults should weigh more than this to get through hibernation.  You can put the hedgehog’s supper under a box with a  (13cm/5”) hole cut in the side, so that cats or seagulls can’t reach it. We have feeding boxes at White Lodge available for a minimum donation of £10 . Dry cat food can be left under your box when the hogs are starting to hibernate.  Remember that they may not disappear and may come looking for food if it is mild. You can boost the amount of natural food in your garden by not using any pesticides or weed killers, composting your garden waste rather than burning it and piling up dry fallen leaves or dry grass cuttings under your hedge or shed to encourage hogs to nest there. But if you do decide to burn your garden rubbish, or are preparing for Bonfire Night, please don’t set fire to a pile that has been there for ages, to a hedgehog your bonfire heap could look like an inviting place to sleep.  Please build the fire on the day you set fire to it, to ensure that there are no hogs underneath. This is really the only safe way to do it, if you leave it for even one night a hedgehog may have decided to nest there. Baby hedgehogs can be born as late as the end of October in Jersey, and these hoglets will definitely not have enough time to reach 550g before their food gets hard to find.  Once the weather gets cold, (with night time temps 5C and below) if you find a small hedgehog under 550g after dark, or any hedgehog whatever its size, out in daylight please pick it up with gloves, DON'T TOUCH ANY HEDGEHOG WITH YOUR BARE HANDS - put it in a box with some cat or dog food and a dish of water and give us a ring - the phone numbers are at the foot of this letter.  Please be prepared to bring any hog you find to Dru, especially at this time of year when we are very busy.  If you find an underweight hedgehog which is not hurt after 8pm please bring it into a warm room and put it in a deep (escape-proof!) box with some ripped up newspaper and give it some water and dog or cat food and phone Dru after 8am the next morning.  If the hedgehog is injured or needs urgent veterinary attention, please phone New Era vets on 07797 711585 if you are able to take it to them.  If you are unable to drive after dark, please phone the Animals' Shelter emergency ambulance service on 07797 720331 who will take the hedgehog to the vets for you. You will not be charged by the vets or the JSPCA.
                 2012-13   2013-14   2014-15     2015-16       2016-17    2017-18    2018-19
Admissions    510         454          482            558            560            603             549
Deaths          164         155          174            265            209            266             262
Releases        383        300           293            299            331            368            289
Survival rate     75%      66%          61%          54%          59%           61%        52%
                                          (releases as % of admissions)

Admissions for the last quarter are as follows:
                             July          August         September
Admissions              110            65                55
Deaths                      50            32                25
Releases                    29            45                40

The high death rate reflects the dreadful state of the hedgehogs when found and the very severe wounds and injuries they had suffered.

TAGS AND OTHER RETURNS:       A female from 2016 was found next door to her release site and has been re-released after a spell of TLC. A hog from 2017 was found again with a massive tumour and was put to sleep. A youngster from last winter was found again in the lanes near her release site and has been re-released. A naughty boy who had only just been released with one of our members, put himself to bed in her tortoise’s box in the porch and when he discovered that he was shut in made such an awful mess everywhere, pulling things off shelves and pooing for Jersey all over everything including his waitress’s wellies - how’s that for gratitude?!

TRAPPED HOGS:  4 hedgehogs were trapped in a trench which was dug to build a garden wall. Dru put in wire ramps and no more fell in.  One poor pig got himself trapped in a hole in a wall for a tumble dryer vent. He was so tightly wedged Dru had to ask the vets for a sedative to relax him so he could be pulled out. He was fine after his ordeal and was released soon afterwards.
An old lady was caught in a humane trap set for pole cats, she had hurt her nose and the pads of her feet, but she had a nasty chest infection which was the real problem rather than the abrasions she got from the trap. Two hedgehogs got trapped in tractor tyres in the playground at Plat Douet School, they have been released. Another youngster was trapped down some stone steps in an empty house being renovated. Monique went to rescue him.
Pools and Ponds are a hazard for hogs.  They may have fallen in because they were looking for water to drink, it is always a good idea to put a bowl of water in another part of the garden for them to dissuade them from falling into the pool/pond.  Please remember to put escape ramps in any pool or pond. We have rolls of plastic mesh available at White Lodge.  5 hogs have been rescued from pools this quarter. Swimming pools seem to be a big hazard this year - maybe people forgot to cover their pools in the very hot weather?

Oily pigs:  2 hedgehogs have been found covered in oil and successfully cleaned up - one from a drain and the other from a garage workshop.
Suspected Anti-freeze poisoning - a hog with severe kidney failure and ulcers in her mouth was put to sleep, the vet suspected she had ingested anti-freeze.
Disturbed nests:  6 hoglets were found under a dog kennel when a wall was demolished in a garden. One had a wounded leg which has healed remarkably well with Manuka honey. A mum and 2 babes were turfed from their nest when a hedge was taken down. Sadly the mum died a few days later but the 2 youngsters were almost weaned by that time and were hand fed for a bit until they started to feed for themselves. A mum and 3 babes were found in a garden and moved to the neighbouring field, only one babe was subsequently rescued, they were only a few days old. We can only hope that Mum and the other 2 were safely in a new nest somewhere. The hoglet we have in care is doing well so far.
BRANCHAGE CAMPAIGN  There have been fewer injuries this year which maybe due to the gentler cut being recommended in the revised guidelines or just due to the weather this summer. There were 24 strimmer or similar injuries with only 3 hedgehogs surviving to be released.

THANKS   Thanks to everyone who has given us donations of food and other supplies.

HOG BOXES The States of Jersey Prison Service  have made us  more feeding boxes, available for a minimum donation of £10 . We also have plastic feeding boxes for £5 or more.  Nest boxes are available from Howard Davis Farm for free or to order from us for a minimum donation of £20. Smart Hedgehog Cafe boxes are available from Acorn Enterprises for £30.
SUPPLIES: We will need newspapers, 6 bottle wine boxes and paper sacks.  Donations of Pedigree Loaf, Royal Canin Outdoor 30 or James Wellbeloved Turkey adult cat biscuits are also very welcome. We have a wish list on Amazon for some of our regular supplies, called Jersey Hedgehog Group Wish List,  if you would like to donate something please click: Many thanks in advance.
CARE TEAM:  Thanks to Pam, Monique, Stine, Emily, Louisa, Hannah, Monya, Anne, Linsay, Amanda, Anneli and Helen for their help over the last few months. If you would like to help please let Dru know by calling 734340.
AMBULANCE DRIVERS NEEDED: When we get busy in November and December we will need more help to collect new patients and deliver hedgehogs to their release sites. If you can help, please call Dru on 734340.




Care Team Thanks to Pam, Monique, Louisa, Anne, Stine, Emily, Monya, Linsay, and 2 Hannahs for their help.  As we get into autumn and things get busier, we will need extra help. Please let us know if you are able to come and clean out hedgehogs or collect them from their finders or take them to their release sites. Welcome to new volunteers Anneli, Helen, Amanda


ANY HEDGEHOG SEEN 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.
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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.

NEWSPAPERS, AND SACKS Please bring us all the newspapers, 6 bottle wine boxes, paper sacks and bags you can (even take-away bags or paper cat litter bags) to Dru’s garage in Waterworks Valley, or to Monique in St Clement.  We are very grateful to everyone who has been bringing us supplies of papers, boxes and sacks.

HOG BOXES AND FEEDING HOUSES  We have feeding boxes at White Lodge  Please ring Dru to arrange a time to come and have a look and buy one! 01534 734340. Nest boxes are available from the Environment Dept at Howard Davis Farm free of charge.

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

SUPPLIES: Donations of Pedigree Loaf, Royal Canin Outdoor 30 or James Wellbeloved Turkey adult cat biscuits are also very welcome. We have a wish list on Amazon for some of our regular supplies, called Jersey Hedgehog Group Wish List,  if you would like to donate something please follow this link: 
Many thanks in advance.

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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