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More Knitters wanted!  Several of our regular knitters have had to give up so we need more of you to volunteer to take on the knitting challenge!  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 very small autumn juveniles 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.


                                        
STRIMMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN  See our Strimmer awareness page

We are repeating our Strimmer awareness campaign to try 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
                                  


Summer 2017

Strimmer Awareness Campaign  Very many thanks to everyone who has helped with the campaign again this year to try to reduce the number of hedgehogs killed and injured by brush cutters and other machines.  We have stickers (see image above) to go on the cutting machines, posters and flyers in English/Portuguese/Polish as well as our 2 sided flyer in English.  Please contact Dru for copies of any of these.  Please ask any gardeners you know to check for hedgehogs before they start to cut, mow or strim.  Last year's campaign was very successful, let's see if we can do as well this year. The Staff at B&Q were being very proactive and handing out our stickers to any children who were hovering around the cutting equipment, telling them to get their parents to check before they started to cut or strim.

Annual General Meeting  Our AGM was attended by 18 members. The Officers and Steering Group were re-elected for another year.  The Constitution was amended to allow us to hold our AGM's a bit later in the year should we need to.  Members preferred this year's later date at the end of April, but thought that to delay until May might reduce attendance because of all the bank holidays in the month. We need to recruit more younger volunteers to join the team, so if you or someone you know is over 18, has a car and doesn't mind hard work or seeing nasty injuries (possibly with maggots) or being asked to take a hedgehog to the vets to be put to sleep, then please get in touch with Dru.

SUMMER ROUTINE:  You can really help the hedgehogs which visit your garden by making sure there are bowls of water on the ground and additional (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 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. Thanks to Pete we have wooden and plastic feeding boxes of all shapes and sizes - available from Dru for a donation. We have admitted several badly dehydrated hogs this quarter, they were obviously having real difficulty in finding enough to eat and drink during the drought.

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. 4 hogs with sliced noses have been put to sleep and
another with a nose wound did not survive. A hog with a head injury was sewn up  by New Era vets, he has survived because his nose is in tact.
Pools and ponds: If you have a pool or pond 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 a dish of water in another part of the garden and the hogs may drink from this without bothering with the swimming pool! We have lots of plastic mesh at White Lodge if you would like a couple of lengths for your pool or pond. 2 hogs have been rescued alive from pools, one baby from a pool cover and an adult from a pond this quarter.
Drains and other holes:  Please check that all your drains or any other holes in your garden are covered! Some very kind visitors to Grosnez Castle found a large hog trapped in the pit by the entrance and the husband was very agile and able to climb down and rescue him.  He was released some way away from the pit and Jersey Heritage were contacted to ask them if they could install an escape ramp. A large female fell into a drain in a milking parlour, she was very smelly with the muck from the drain even though the finder had rinsed her off in warm water. She looked and smelt much better after several baths with fairy liquid!
Concrete area on Building Site Some very kind builders at Westmount rescued a large male hog who had got trapped and put him in a box with a bowl of water in a cool dark loo until Dru got there.
Rat Trap  A mature female was rescued from a rat trap one night and the Animals' Shelter driver kindly took her to New Era vets to be checked out, she was luckily unhurt but as she wasn't lactating and wasn't the biggest hedgehog in the world she was kept in for a bit of TLC.
Flower pot Also a hazard for hogs, a pile of flower pots next to a wall, hog walks along the wall and topples into the empty flower pot and is trapped......so please store your pots upside down if they are near a wall! The same can be said for open bins left near walls. The hog in question has been returned to his garden and all the pots have been turned over!

DOES THIS HEDGEHOG NEED HELP?
Nest disturbance: 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, 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. 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. Please phone us if the babes are wandering around on their own in the daytime. The first disturbed nest of the year was in a garden which was being cleared so the family had to come into care. (See below under tag returns)  A second nest was disturbed when a gardener cut down a large bush. This mum is fine and feeding them herself so the family have been left alone to do their own thing. A family of mum and 2 youngsters were relocated to a more suitable garden when one of them was being pecked by magpies. The youngsters were over 350g so were not brought into care, they will be well supported in our member’s lovely wildlife garden.

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, give us a ring on 734340 and bring it in to us if you can. 
Hedgehogs in long grass during warm weather: You may find a hedgehog not in its nest on a warm day, they often just lie up in long grass 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.
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.
       
one week old           2 weeks old                       3 weeks old                     4 weeks old

HEDGEHOG NEWS                      
Admissions for the Quarter  
                                       April                    May                             June
Admissions                          24                    24                               53
Deaths                                11                    16                                23
Releases                              31                    32                               17
   
TAG AND OTHER RETURNS  There have been 14 returns this quarter. Two old friends from 2014 returned, one crossed the railway walk and found another member's garden, he had a nasty chest infection.  The other made her 5th visit to us, but this time, sadly she was dying and so was put to sleep, she came in twice last year, she wandered up and down Mont Cochon, calling into different properties along her way! An adult from 2015 was found near her release site during the day and was kept in for treatment. 8 of last year's babies returned. All were found near their release sites. One was covered in paint and had to be shaved at the vets. She had wandered into a garage and tipped over a can of paint. She was found in another garage last autumn, so this time she has been relocated out of harm’s way! An adult from last winter was found again near his release site, but he had a nasty swollen head and was put to sleep. An adult from last summer was found in the same place in daylight  still with a noisy chest - he has been re-released. A youngster first brought in in January 2017 was released in May and returned with 3 babies in June! (See nest disturbance above). She may not be the mother as she was only back in the wild for 6 weeks and pregnancy lasts for 5 weeks! She took no interest in the babes. So Dru had to try to hand rear the babes who were tiny and it was a hopeless task.

INJURED HOGS : Several badly injured hedgehogs have been put to sleep.  One was impaled on a stick which had a rose growing up it, he had fallen off a wall above, a very unlucky hog.  Another with a broken back was also put to sleep as was one with a badly fractured pelvis.
Very many thanks to the vets and nurses at New Era Veterinary Hospital who are always ready to admit any hedgehog regardless of what day of the week or time of night is it.  It is very reassuring to know that these severely injured hogs are assessed and treated or put to sleep very quickly.
Babies: Other rescue centres in the UK were looking after hoglets long before any were found in Jersey. We had to wait until the end of June.

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. At this time of year you should not pick up any hedgehog that is not sick or injured during the evening or night time. Small hogs may be just learning to forage for themselves and Mum may be somewhere around, so please leave them where they are. With the short nights, females who are pregnant or lactating often come out of their nests to look for food in the early morning or evening while it is still light, as long as the hedgehog is behaving normally please leave it alone, only pick it up if there is cause for concern.  Do put out food and water for them if they are in your garden. If you find them lying out of the nest in the daytime, then please phone Dru on 734340.


THANKS   Thanks to everyone who has given us donations of food and other supplies.
HOG BOXES  Very many thanks to Jim Peacock and Peter Hobbs for making us more hog nesting and feeding boxes. These are available from Dru for £25 and £15 respectively.
         
Many thanks to those who have donated from our Amazon Wish List called Jersey Hedgehog Group Wish List,  if you would like to donate something please follow this link:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_wishlist_btn. Many thanks in advance. Many thanks to St Peter's Garden Centre for their donations of dry food. Thanks to the JSPCA Animals' Shelter drivers for bringing hogs to Dru, especially in the evenings. 

Very many thanks to the vets and nurses at New Era Veterinary Hospital who are always ready to admit any hedgehog regardless of what day of the week or time of night is it.  It is very reassuring to know that these severely injured hogs are assessed and treated or put to sleep very quickly.

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. Please read the advice above for hedgehogs out and about during daylight in the summer when nights are short. If the hog is active and healthy - please leave it alone and provide it with food and water. It could be a mother taking a break from her babies! or in the process of building a nest for them.

 


 

 

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