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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/

Or log onto
 
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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.

 WINTER 2021

A Happy New Year to you all!   Thanks to everyone for bringing the hedgehogs they found to us, and to those who collected hogs for release.  Very many thanks to everyone who brought us food, newspapers, boxes and sacks, please keep these supplies coming.  From October to December we got so many very poorly hedgehogs in that we could not save, the death toll was far too high, they were emaciated and full of worms. It has been a very unsuccessful winter. Other rescues in UK were also encountering more failures than usual so it is not just a local problem.  We can only hope that when the adults wake up in Spring they will get down to making more healthy babies.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  As things are still uncertain, we are not planning an AGM until we see how the situation changes, we may well revert to a postal/emaiI ballot with the next newsletter in April like last year and delay a meal until later in the year when we have all been vaccinated.

HEDGEHOG NEWS
ADMISSIONS FOR THE LAST QUARTER:
OCTOBER        ADMISSIONS   48      DEATHS 28     RELEASES  32
NOVEMBER        ADMISSIONS   82    DEATHS  48    RELEASES    7
DECEMBER        ADMISSIONS   33    DEATHS  46    RELEASES    8

Thanks to Monique, Pam, Louisa, Anne, Stine, Emily, Phil, Amanda,  and new volunteer Jan for all their help and hard work.  Dru is now working on her own at White Lodge as is Monique at her house in St Clement due to Covid restrictions.Thanks to Brian at the JSPCA for loads of newspapers.

Tag returns:    One of our summer babies had only been released for 3 weeks when he got trapped in the garage at his release site, his claws were worn down and his eye had been injured and was removed surgically, so he came back for a spell of TLC. One of the summer babes from the building site in Elizabeth Avenue was found in a very sorry state on the sand dunes about 6 weeks later and came back to die in care. Another summer baby was seen walking into the garage in the garden next to her release site in the day, she came back for a bit of TLC and has been re-released. Again a summer baby returned in December weighing 297g he had been released at the end of July at 490g with his family in the same garden. This was the family originally from Highlands found under the cement mixer.
Good rescues: The gold medal for the bravest rescue of the year goes to Tracey, she discovered a destroyed nest with a dead mutilated mother and babe and 4 live unhurt babes on the edge of a field which had just been flailed to make way for a new fence.  She bravely brought the babes to us and arrived here in tears.  Three have done well and she will release them in her field when they are big enough. Phil had to sprint down the railway walk to meet a lady who had found a hedgehog out in daylight, which sadly did not survive after all that effort. A very kind lady rescued a young hedgehog from the road by Trinity Church one evening and as she had nothing else in the car she put him in her jumper in a shopping bag and arrived wearing a tee shirt, very brave and very kind as it was a cold night! A very kind family found a juvenile hog on their doorstep and brought him inside where he proceeded to escape from his box and get stuck behind the kitchen unit. The next day the unit had to be dismantled to get this Houdini out.
Pools and Pool Covers 2 youngsters were found in October one in a pool the other on a pool cover and rescued.
Netting:  A mature hog was found tangled in netting, we don’t know how long he had been there, the people “forgot” to ring us until the day after they discovered him, he died a few days later.
Strimmed Hog:  Strimmers were still out there in November, a mature hog was brought in with a cut nose and swollen face, he did not survive.  A baby with an exposed, infected skull was put to sleep.
Tumble Dryer Hose  Quite a large hog got stuck in the hose from a tumble dryer in a garage, Pam went to rescue her - she was covered in fluff - and was released a little later on nearby at a good release site.

THERE IS A HEDGEHOG IN MY GARDEN!
If you see a hedgehog out at night in winter, don’t assume they should all be hibernating, especially during a mild spell. During hibernation they wake up about every 7 -10 days in their nests and may or may not come out to forage and then go back to bed. So if you do see a big hedgehog in your garden at night, a bowl of cat or dog food and some water will be welcome. You can always put some dry cat biscuits under a box with a 5”/13cm square hole in one side. So the food will not be wasted if no visitors appear for several nights. Feeding boxes are available from Dru for a donation.  If you think that the hedgehog is too small to survive the rest of the winter, pick it up with gloves, weigh it on your kitchen scales (using an old ice cream/margarine tub as a scale pan) and give us a ring if it weighs less than 450g. Keep it in a warm room with food and water and something to hide in overnight and ring us on 734340 in the morning.

ANY HEDGEHOG LYING 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.

THANKS FOR GIFTS AND DONATIONS  Thanks to St Peter's Garden Centre for their gifts of dog and cat food.  Ransoms Garden Centre kindly donated a 10kg bag of Royal Canin kitten food. Many thanks to everyone who has given us gifts of food and other supplies.

KNITTING We should be grateful for any DK wool you may have to spare, bright colours sell best, . If you would like to help us knit these hogs, the knitting pattern is on our website   Please only volunteer if you can already knit, purl and cast on.
 

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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