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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! 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.
STRIMMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN See our Strimmer awareness page Our new poster for 2019 is on the website
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The revised Branchage Guidelines written by Chris Perkins and his team were sent to the Minister for the Environment and the Natural Environment Team, the Comite des Connetables, and the Jersey Farmers' Union are on this website.
It was a very slow Spring with very few hedgehogs being admitted, we were worried that the wild population had nosedived. But things picked up in June! 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 We were galvanised into action in early April when the first casualty of the year was found, sadly she had only been back in the wild for a couple of weeks and got her nose sliced by a strimmer, she was taken straight to New Era Vets and put to sleep. After last year’s dreadful accidents we were already planning another campaign to remind people to CHECK BEFORE THEY CHOP, and this tragic incident hardened our resolve this year to try to prevent these needless deaths. If you would like some of our new flyers, stickers or posters to raise people’s awareness about the dangers of strimmers, please contact Dru. http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page33.php
Helping hedgehogs Campaign We are hoping that people will create hedgehog friendly gardens and make holes in their fences and walls to let the hogs gain access. If you would like leaflets to distribute, please let Dru know. We also have a Portuguese version. The information is on our website: http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page30.php
Hedgehog Friendly Gardening We have a new information sheet for professional and home gardeners giving tips on how to make any garden more hedgehog friendly. If you would like some printed copies please contact Dru. http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page36.php
Hedgehogs and Construction We also produced a similar information sheet for builders and developers, giving some examples of the hazards for hedgehogs on building sites and asking them to incorporate hedgehog access holes in any new development. Printed copies are available from Dru. http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page35.php
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 gov.je and parish websites. The draft is on our website. http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page32.php
Training was arranged for flail operators by the JFU. The session was attended by about 50 farmers and contractors and proved to be very constructive. 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 http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page37.php Portuguese http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page39.php and Polish http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page38.php 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 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.
Events to raise awareness: 11th May B&Q exit lobby: Monique and Hannah spent the day at B&Q talking to people about hedgehogs in their gardens and selling woolly hogs. It was not intended to be a fund raising event but we made £233 from generous donations and woolly hogs.
Bioblitz at Durrell The Monique, Hannah and Louisa made their way to the Zoo on 25th May to encourage people to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly, but it was a very quiet event.
Annual General Meeting Our AGM on 10th April was attended by 26 members. The Officers and Steering Group were re-elected for another year. The Annual Reports and Financial Statement are on the website, http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page34.php http://jerseyhedgehogs.co.uk/page29.php
if you would like printed copies please contact 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 (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. Thanks to Hannah and the States of Jersey Prison Service we have wooden and plastic feeding boxes available from Dru for a donation.
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 employ a gardener, ask him or her 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. This happened to one poor boy who was released a few days later none the worse for his imprisonment.
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 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 hedgehogs have been rescued from swimming pools.
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. One hog was rescued from a badminton net , another from a football goal and one from garden netting. Another was rescued from chain link fence who gave birth to 4 babes on the night before we were intending to release her.
Drains and other holes: Please check that all your drains or any other holes in your garden are covered. A hog was found in a deep drain and rescued, her claws were very short from digging to get out.
Dogs: One night we had 2 calls within 10 minutes from distraught owners whose dogs had caught hedgehogs, one was brought to us dead on arrival and the other was taken to New Era Vets and was bruised on one side, but otherwise unhurt and has been released. So 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.
Good Rescues: A family and a member and her husband both rescued a hedgehog from the Railway Walk, he had a very bad chest infection and sadly didn’t make it despite the best efforts of everyone involved.
Babies: On 27th April, much earlier than normal a mum and 5 newborn babes were found in a tortoise nest. 3 of the babes were dead on arrival and the other 2 only lasted a few hours, mum was not interested in looking after them, they were very small (9-12g) and possibly premature. Mum always knows best even though we do our best when we try to intervene. Our first viable family was found under a shed, Mum had probably been run over, they were very cold on arrival one died shortly afterwards and another a week later, we reared 3 boys. 3 bigger hoglets were found in the road, mum was nowhere to be found, Amanda went to great lengths to search for the remaining 2 up a very steep bank, she thought they had fallen out of the nest down the bank with 3 ending up in the road. 3 larger independent youngsters have also been found are doing well, feeding for themselves. A family of 4 was found near a compost heap with no sign of mum.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Admissions for the last 4 months: (The last newsletter was sent out mid March so here are the full totals)
March April May June
Admissions 9 13 23 59
Deaths 6 9 11 22
Releases 43 26 12 9
Tumours: An elderly female was found on concrete, when she didn’t eat overnight, she was taken to New Era Vets who found that she had a large mammary tumour which had spread into her lungs, she was put to sleep. Another hog was found with a large lump on the side of his neck, which was impeding his breathing, we hoped it was an abscess but sadly it was a tumour so he was put to sleep at once.
Dog Attack: A large hog was found in a field with a little blood on her head, nothing obvious was wrong until her bladder filled up and her hind leg would not retract, the vets found she had a nasty pelvic fracture and even though she could poo, she couldn’t wee, she died at the vets.
Eye injury a hog suffered a nasty eye wound. She was in poor condition when found and died at the vets. This may also have been the result of a dog attack.
STRIMMER INJURIES - Head Wounds : A strimmer injury was sutured by the vets but the hog was in a very poor way and died the first night in care. 2 more were found on one day and were sewn up by the vets. Nose, side and leg wounds Hannah found one of her regular visitors strimmed in her car port and took him straight to the vets where he was put to sleep. Another was ripped from top to tail and put to sleep. 2 hogs with nose wounds were put to sleep, one was found by the postie outside Dru’s neighbour’s gate so she almost admitted herself. A maggot infested hedgehog with a nasty head wound was found at Wolf’s Caves.
Infected front leg: A hog found in the road was found not to have any broken bones but his front leg was very swollen and infected and he was covered in fly eggs and was put to sleep.
Hit by cars One night a hog was heard yelling in the road, he was put in the finder’s garden where he stayed in the same place all night, so was taken to the vets in the morning where he died before treatment. Another was found in a lane with a pelvic fracture and a gap in between his vertebrae, he was put to sleep.
Trapped between fence post and wall Dru managed to free a female who had got stuck in a tight spot between a granite wall and stone fence post. She was pregnant and used to squeeze through the gap when she was thinner. 2 full term babes had died inside her and she was given a hysterectomy but died later.
TAG AND OTHER RETURNS An old lady from 2015 was found on a lawn and had been there for 5 days until the grand children returned from the UK and took action. Mon has been looking after her, she has not been back since September 2015 when she was a juvenile, she has not strayed far from her original release site. A female from summer 2016 who had returned once before was found in her release garden shaking badly, she died in care, she may have come into contact with weed killer. A female from 2017 was found quite a distance from her release site out in daylight, she had a nasty chest infection but has now been re-released. 5 youngsters from last year were found again 2 died, one is still in care and 2 have been re-released. As mentioned at the top of this letter, one poor girl only had 2 weeks back in the wild before meeting a gardener with a strimmer and had her nose slashed, she was put to sleep at once. One recent release found herself trapped behind an oil tank in another garden on the same estate, so the kind people took her back to her release garden. Mrs Munro holds the record for the shortest release in history! She is an old lady who was released the first time this April in a lovely garden to the north of St Peter’s Valley, she came out of her sack on a mission and was seen walking with purpose round the garden, then late at night she was seen on the valley road where she went between the wheels of a car, luckily the kind people in the car behind picked her up and took her home for the night and brought her back the next day. So on the second attempt to find a home she would approve of we moved her away from the valley to a very secluded spot off Rue de la Presse where it seems she is eating the wet food provided. One of last summer’s babies who was released at the end of January when it was so mild was found dead in a neighbouring garden in May. Another was found again but died shortly after admission. A babe from last summer was found dead near the food bowls in Dru’s garden. 2 of last winter’s inmates have been seen alive and well in the wild, one is Amanda who has been to us twice she was a babe in 2017.
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 and James.
2 volunteers from PWC spent an afternoon sewing up woolly hedgehogs, it was a fun afternoon! Many thanks to Monya and her husband for organising this and to the 2 girls for their time and enthusiasm.
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.
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.
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.