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CORONAVIRUS

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.

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 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

If 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/


To receive our newsletter please email jerseyhedgehogs@hotmail.co.uk

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 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 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 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.

AUTUMN ROUTINE                                         
Please continue putting out food and water for the hogs which visit your garden as it can mean the difference between life and death for young hedgehogs who need to weigh at least 450g or 1lb  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.  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 450g 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 450g after dark, or any hedgehog whatever its size, lying 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 on 01534 734340.  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 or hay 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.

Catnip hogs: The receptionists at New Era, Leodis, Archway and Allpets vets and the staff at Animal Kingdom and Le Marquand Bros. have been selling our catnip hogs.   Thanks to June Schollhammer, Ann Ellis, Jenny Peacock, Annie de Carteret in Guernsey, Sarah Cooper, Liz Foyle,  Petra Livesey, Evelyn, Margaret, Viv Francis and Gladys Dunell who are keeping us supplied with woolly hog bodies to stuff! If you have any odds and ends of brightly coloured double knitting wool we should be very grateful. If you would like to learn how to knit them please look at the pattern  or ask Dru to send you one by ringing her on 734340 . Pam has made a limited number of large hogs for £5 or £8 please ring her direct on 01534 481764.
School Visits  Monya was invited back to D’Auvergne School and JCP in October, she visited D’Auvergne earlier in the year before lockdown.

HEDGEHOG NEWS           
                  2013-14   2014-15     2015-16       2016-17    2017-18    2018-19    2019-20
Admissions     454          482            558                560         603          549          635
Deaths           155          174            265                209         266          262          237
Releases         300          293            299                331         368         289          403
Survival rate     66%         61%          54%              59%        61%       52%        63%

                                          (releases as % of admissions)
These figures do not include the 65 hedgehogs admitted by Monique of which 51 and 5 from the previous year were released during the year October 2019-September 2020 - this is an 86% release rate - so hedgehogs do better in St Clements!

Admissions for the last quarter are as follows:
                             July          August         September
Admissions              100            56                 60
Deaths                      33            28                 25
Releases                    41            48                 48

The high death rate reflects the dreadful state of the hedgehogs when found and the very severe wounds and injuries they had suffered. The long dry summer did not help them one bit.

TAGS AND OTHER RETURNS:     
One of our frequent flyers returned on her third visit, she was a baby last summer and has been released again. Another 2 of last summer’s babes returned from their release site both have been re-released. One of last summer’s babes returned to die she was so thin, and had not travelled far from her release site. Another of last year’s who had already been back with a wound on his bum has also returned and been released.  A female who was here during lockdown has returned from the same garden, she seemed to have a hernia or something wrong with her bladder but the vets  checked her over and couldn’t find anything, sadly she has died. A mature friend from 2018 returned with a swollen jaw and dental abscess, she died after treatment at the vets. One of this summer’s releases has returned from her release garden with a small wound on her head, it looks like she may have caught herself on a nail in the fence.

TRAPPED HOGS
Rat Trap:  A young hog was rescued from a rat trap where she had hurt her nose, the wounds healed in time and she has been released.
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.   Monique looked after one which fell in a pond and Dru had another. Several hogs have been rescued from pools this quarter but not been admitted, we have had one large male who was very cold and wet, one from an empty pool with stinky water in the bottom, thanks to Anne who had to borrow the house holder‘s wellies to rescue the pig who was climbing the wall. He has been released elsewhere and Anne has dried her feet.  Another 2 youngsters were rescued from pool covers so had not taken in much water. 3 babes were rescued from an enclosed garden where their mum had drowned under a pool cover, she couldn’t get air to breathe under the cover and swim till rescued, so an open pool is less of a danger than a pool with a flimsy cover, rigid covers will support the weight of an adult hog.

Netting of all sorts continues to pose a threat to hogs, 3 juveniles have been trapped in very fine nylon nets which can cut into the skin and cause nasty wounds. Please check that any nets you have in the garden are lifted 13cm off the ground or are pegged taut into the ground. The more the hedgehog struggles to get free the more the net tightens and cuts into the skin. 2 members spent a lot of time and energy catching a hedgehog which they had seen on their camera footage with a very bad limp and swollen hind leg. They brought him to us and then took him straight onto the vets for us, the netting had cut deeply into the top of the hind leg, he has made a good recovery.
Drains and pipes: Monique rescued a large female from a drain on FB fields and released her at once nearby. The JSPCA were called to 2 trapped hedgehogs on consecutive days one was stuck in a drainpipe inside a light well, their driver was very athletic and climbed over the high railings to rescue the hog which was taken straight  to the vets but died a few days later, she was totally emaciated and dehydrated, she had been down there a long time. The next day they were called to a large male trapped in a drain which was successfully pulled out and he just seemed hungry and has been released in the same place as the householders have now covered all their drains.
Disturbed nests Monique has been looking after a mum and 3 babes found when a shed was demolished. 
Strimmer injuries  it has been a very bad year for strimmed hedgehogs with most being put straight to sleep. In July 7 strimmed  hogs were admitted with only  2 survivors  In August  there were 9 with only 3 survivors and in September 2 babies were injured by strimmers and both died
Broken Jaw:  A hog with a broken jaw was sutured by Peter Haworth at New Era vets but sadly died later.
Fractured Pelvises  We have looked after 3 hogs with fractures to their pelvis, one has been released, one is outside in the enclosure and one is still inside as she is a recent arrival. Given time they often put themselves right and can be released

Going the extra mile:  Many of our rescuers have really gone out of their way to get the hedgehogs they found to us or to the vets. As well as the couple who checked their video footage to find the hog with the netting round his legs, a gentleman saw a hog in a pool net on his neighbour’s lawn and took charge and brought the shivery hog in to us. A very kind lady took over from another who had found a youngster covered in fly eggs on the cycle track at Quennevais, she went home, got a box and then brought the hog in to us through the roadworks. A lady was cycling to work from Grouville and took a detour to New Era Vets for us with a little hoglet who had a nose wound. There are lots of other instances of such kindness and dedication to our local hogs. Thank you all.

Donations:  Many thanks to Jodie for 8 bales of hay and to St Peter’s Garden Centre for lots of food and mini bales of straw.

CARE TEAM:  Thanks to Pam, Monique, Stine, Emily, Louisa,  Hannah, Anne, Amanda, Hannah and Phil for their help over the last few months  If you would like to help please let Dru know, we still need more help over the winter, be warned it is repetitive, heavy, dirty, physical work and the supervisor can be very grumpy when she is stressed.
AMBULANCE DRIVERS:  When we get busy in November and December we will need more help to collect new patients or take them to the vets and deliver hedgehogs to their release sites. If you can help, please call Dru.

HEDGEHOG BOXES Thanks to the States of Jersey Prison Service we now have a supply of both nesting and feeding boxes at White Lodge for £20 and £15. Hannah is making nesting boxes to order from marine ply with roofing felt tops for £25, these are screwed together rather than nailed and will last longer than the ones made from pallet board wood.

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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