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We will be working with Willlows Hedgehog Rescue in the UK as part of their "Working Together" campaign http://www.willowshedgehogrescue.co.uk/working-together.html -raising-strimmer-awareness to raise awareness about strimmers and other cutting equipment and the dangers for hedgehogs and other wildlife. For years we have asked private gardeners to take care when using these tools, to check before they start work or to cut to about knee height and then check for hedgehogs or other creatures or their nests, but now thanks to Willows Hedgehog Rescue we want to broaden the campaign to professional users of this potentially lethal equipment. Hedgehog Hazards
Every year we see lots of nasty injuries caused by blades, many of these are taken to the vets and put to sleep because their wounds are too severe to be treated. Others lose a leg or are unable to roll up after their head wounds have healed and then have to remain in captivity for the rest of their lives.
If you discover an injured hedgehog or a nest of mother and babies while working please follow these basic steps:
We are asking you to check before you cut, please watch out with piles of sticks, bonfire heaps and well established brambles - if the area is very overgrown – please cut to knee height first, then check for wildlife before you cut lower if required. Should you discover an injured hedgehog, please pick it up with gloves, put it in a bucket/dustbin/box and ring the Jersey Hedgehog Group on 01534 734340 for immediate help or take it to a vet. If you find other injured wildlife please phone the JSPCA on 01534 724331 or your vet - you should not be charged for wildlife.
If you disturb a nest with a mother and baby hedgehogs:
1. The best thing is to leave it alone, cover it over with the material you have cut away and leave the area.
2. If this is not possible because work has to continue, cover the whole nest with a dustbin/bucket with a stone on top, making sure Mum doesn’t escape and ring 01534 734340 for immediate help.
If work has to continue at once, make sure you are wearing gloves, gently pick Mum up first and place her in a dustbin/bucket/box, then pick up all the babies (they have about 5 usually but there can be more) and cover them all with as much original nest material as you can and ring 01534 734340 for immediate help. If you touch the young with your bare hands, your human smell can make the mother reject her babies.
If you discover a nest of another wildlife species please phone the JSPCA for advice on 01534 724331.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN PROTECTING JERSEY’S WILDLIFE
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