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

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Or if you prefer 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: 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!  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  small autumn juveniles under 550g 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
                                  

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

AUTUMN ROUTINE

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-650g or 1lb 4-6oz to survive  the winter. This only applies to this year's youngsters, adults should weigh much 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 donation of £10 or more. Dry cat food can be left under your box when the hogs are starting to hibernate.  Remember that they may not disappear for the whole winter but regularly wake up and may come out 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-600g before their food gets hard to find.  Once the weather gets cold, if you find a small hedgehog under 550g after dark, or at any time a 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 the house 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.

MIKE STENTIFORD NATURAL JERSEY AWARD for best Conservation Project. We are extremely grateful to Mike Stentiford for nominating us in this category and to the judges for awarding us the Silver Gilt Award.

JERSEY CHARITY REGISTER  The Charity Commissioner has approved our application and we are now Jersey Registered Charity No 4.

FUND RAISING The Vintage Fair at St Mary’s on 11th and 12th August raised  £610 thanks to Jenny and Phil for their help. Many thanks to our sponsors Jill and Daniel Gayet who paid the substantial fees for both days allowing our total take to be profit.    The Car boot stall at St Martins on 5th August raised £150 and on 26th August raised £151.   The August Bank Holiday Fair at Samares Manor on 27th August raised £469.  The stall at the St John Ambulance Fete on 15th September raised £86. Our thanks to Monique, Phil, Jenny and Andy for their time and energy in organising these stalls and many thanks to everyone who donated goods to sell at the events.

MiniPegs: Rachel Scott Renouf has been making little pegs with animal characters and selling them at her work, she has raised £186.37 this year so far These are available on the reception desk at Close Finance in Conway Street. Many thanks, Rachel for all this hard work on our behalf!

HEDGEHOG NEWS     
                   2011-12     2012-13   2013-14   2014-15     2015-16      2016-17    2017-18
Admissions         616            510     454          482            558          560           603
Deaths               311            164     155          174            265          209            266
Releases            275            383     300          293            299          331            368
Survival rate       45%          75%     66%        61%            54%         59%          61%
                                          (releases as % of admissions)
These figures do not take account of the 62 hedgehogs admitted by Monique during the year. She has released 40 of them with 6 more remaining in care at the end of September. This is a 64.5% release rate. So it pays to be a hog in St Clements!

ADMISSIONS FOR THE LAST QUARTER:
Admissions for the last quarter are as follows: (July had the most admissions ever in 26 years)

                          July          August         September
Admissions       119           48                61         
Deaths               46           28                31
Releases             24           40               34

 

Tag and other returns: A mature female who was in care last winter was found again some distance from her release site, but she had fly strike and was very poorly and did not survive. A female from 2016 was found in the road, put into a field and Monique found her when she went searching, she had travelled quite a way from her release site. One of last summer’s youngsters was attacked by a dog and taken to New Era vets, he suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and had air under his skin.

INJURIES: A hog with a head wound was treated at the JSPCA and then passed to us for further care, his wound healed well and he has been released. Another 3 hogs suffered head wounds ahead of the September branchage, one was treated at New Era Vets and has been released, one was small and also had a rectal prolapse so was put to sleep at Leodis vets and the last one had a massive head wound and was put to sleep.  We have looked after 3 hogs with pelvic fractures. 3 others were put to sleep following glancing blows from cars, one had broken hips and the other suffered head and chest trauma, the third had severe pelvic injuries.

TRAPPED HOGS:   Pools and Ponds are a major 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.  3 hogs have been rescued from pools this quarter.
Netting and fishing line: 3 young hogs and an adult have been rescued from netting but one was tangled in nylon fishing line so tightly and the maggots had taken hold so he was put to sleep. Lobster Pot:  2 mature hogs were found trapped in the same lobster pot, they had been there some time so were taken into care for some TLC before release in a neighbouring garden.
Plastic string and bag:  2 babes were rescued by one of the New Era nurses, one was more damaged than the other, Peter Haworth worked miracles and saved the poorly babe’s leg, he lost most of his foot but can walk well on the pad, he is living in his nurse’s garden. 
Drains:  A young hog was taken out of a drain and let go in the garden but brought into care the next day as he was still wandering about in daylight. Another was found in a drain at the Household Recycling  Centre, we have no idea how he got there. Yet another adult was found in a drain with no cover in St Ouens and very luckily rescued in time.

GOOD RESCUES: A human ambulance crew rescued a hog in the road and brought him to us. 2 very kind French holiday makers found 2 babies in the road in the pouring rain and waited by them until Dru could get there, they were all soaked to the skin, humans and hoglets. A youngster was found under some metal bars in the welding workshop at Highlands. A mature male was found in a rubbish sack full of guinea pig waste in an enclosed yard, it is a mystery how he got there.


BRANCHAGE AND STRIMMER CAMPAIGN  We had a meeting with representatives of other environmental organisations, the Constables‘ Committee, the JFU and  the Assistant Environment Minister to pool ideas on how to limit the damage done to wildlife, banks, hedges, plants and trees during the branchage.  If the height of the cut could be raised to 4 - 6” off the ground, beneficial plants would recover, eliminating fast growing pioneer species like brambles and in time this could reduce the number of cuts to one a year, thus saving time, money and hedgehogs’ lives. Sympathetic timing and less drastic cutting on roadsides and also on the inside of hedges and field margins would benefit the environment and wildlife, allowing plants to set seed, birds to nest and bushes and trees to bear nuts and berries and wildlife corridors to flourish. A change in public attitudes is needed. It seems some parishes are stricter than others in applying the rules. It is hoped that the administrative penalty for branchage infringements might be waived for a trial period of 3 years to encourage farmers and landowners to relax their cutting regimes and allow plants and hedges to recover from their current twice yearly scalping. The recommendations from the Environment Department, the National Trust for Jersey and the Societe Jersiaise are summarised here Action for Wildlife have taken this campaign on and we are hoping for change from next year.

Care Team Thanks to Pam, Monique, Louisa, Hannah, Anne, Stine, Emily, Siobhan and Monya, for their help.  As we get into autumn and things get busier, we will be in need of 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. jerseyhedgehogs@hotmail.co.uk

HELPING HEDGEHOGS AND HEDGEHOG HIGHWAYS  We started a new campaign this year to encourage people to make holes in their fences or walls to allow hedgehogs to come and go from their gardens and to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly.  We want Jersey gardens to become part of the UK’s Hedgehog Street Campaign. https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs/link-your-garden/   Most of our new developments or renovations have walls or fences with concrete bases round the gardens.  We want to encourage landowners and developers to think about hedgehogs and put in access tunnels. Leaflets are available from Dru. The text of the leaflet is reproduced on our Helping Hedgehogs page.


STRIMMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN   We repeated campaign for the third year and asked everyone to take extra care to check before they cut or strim.  Flyers, posters and stickers are available, if you would like a supply of any of these to distribute please let Dru know by phoning 734340 or emailing jerseyhedgehogs@hotmail.co.uk.

PRIVACY STATEMENT: New data protection regulations are in force now. 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:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/22YH32I87D8XY/ref=cm_wl_huc_view 
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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