JERSEY HEDGEHOG PRESERVATION GROUP 2018 REPORTS FOR AGM
LEGACY, DONATIONS AND FUND RAISING ON OUR BEHALF IN
LEGACY FROM THE ESTATE OF MRS YVONNE BATON We are extremely grateful to the Executor of the Estate of Mrs Baton for a legacy of £8151. This is the second legacy we have received from this estate.
DONATION FROM THE ELIZABETH VIOLET ANNIE ROUSE SETTLEMENT We are very grateful to the Trustees of this settlement for their donation of £400 and a tax claim form for another £100 to assist with our strimmer awareness campaign.
We are very grateful to the Trustees of the ROY OVERLAND CHARITABLE TRUST for a donation of £50.
CO-OP ACCOUNT: Many thanks everyone who used our number 325001 when shopping at the Co-op. Our dividend in 2018 was £124.96.
WAITROSE GREEN TOKEN SCHEME: We were one of the charities to benefit during July at Waitrose in Rue des Pres, thanks to everyone who supported us. We received £419.
ST PETER’S GARDEN CENTRE put collecting tins in the store and restaurant for the whole of April and raised over £50 for us.
CHILDREN‘S TALKS AND SCHOOL VISITS: Collette continued to visit schools, rainbows and nurseries to talk to the children about hedgehogs and raised a total of £75 by selling small knitted hogs at only 50p each - so that was a lot of hoglets! We are very grateful to Collette for all her hard work on our behalf and to the children and their parents for their support.
Grouville School Year 6 chose us as their local charity and sold woolly hogs at their Open Day in June and distributed our leaflets. Many thanks to all involved, they raised over £450.
St Peter’s School started to sell woolly hogs after a real hoglet was found in their playground, they raised £156.
SALES OF CATNIP HOGS: Special thanks to the vets' receptionists at New Era, Leodis, Archway and Allpets and to the staff at Animal Kingdom and Le Marquand Bros for selling loads of woolly catnip hedgehogs throughout the year raising the magnificent sum of £3,897. All this would not be possible without our hard working knitters: June Schollhammer, Ann Ellis, Viv Francis, Terry Harrison, Jenny Peacock, Annie de Carteret in Guernsey, Sarah Cooper, Liz Foyle, Caroline Whittingham, Petra Livesey, Sylvia Conetta, Jill Higginbotham, Joan Cadoret, Gladys Dunell, Michelle Whiteman, Margaret and Pam.
Special thanks to Pam for all the work she does collecting woolly hogs from the knitters and keeping them supplied with wool, sewing up and stuffing the hogs and distributing them to the outlets for sale and then counting and banking the money raised and making special giant hogs to order for Christmas raising another £291. Louisa also raised £80 by selling woolly hogs at her car boots stalls.
Catnip Octopuses - Mae Milon raised £100 for us by knitting catnip octopuses and selling them.
APPLE TWIGS: Monique made up bundles of apple twigs for sale at New Era Vets for chinchillas, rabbits and other nibblers, they sold very well and the money raised is included in the woolly hog total as it is credited to our account.
MINI-PEGS: Special thanks to Rachel Scott-Renouf for raising £250 from her mini-pegs at Close Finance. (Close Finance gave us £125 - 50% of this total in 2019)
DRESS DOWN DAYS AND CHARITY AUCTIONS: Staff at the States Greffe chose us as one of the charities to benefit from their fund raising and gave us £140.
We are very grateful to the staff at the Tax Office who raised over £305 for us by holding dress down days.
Staff at the Co-op raised £100 from dress down days which they donated to us.
Staff at the JEC raised £318 from their Staff Charity Auctions.
STRICTLY BALLROOM RAFFLE: Tina and Tony raised £207 from a raffle at a dance in Trinity, many thanks to everyone concerned.
RISING INFLATION: Aaron from Aaron’s Bikes raised over £100 by asking for donations when he inflated people’s tyres.
PUB WHIP ROUNDS: Bob raised over £70 by cajoling his drinking buddies to part with their money in the pub!
APPLES AND BISCUITS: Molly (aged 10) sold apples and made and sold biscuits to raise £27 for us
MARATHONS: Kelly Nash raised over £78 for us by fund raising for different charities in a variety of ways and we were lucky to be picked as one of her chosen charities.
Many thanks to everyone for these splendid fund raising activities!
FUNDRAISING EVENTS 2018
Our stall at the JSPCA FAMILY DAY at the Trinity Showground on 28th April raised £276.35.
CAR BOOT SALES at St Martin's on June 3rd raised £220.40, on 17th June raised £264.70, on 5th August raised 153.50 and on 26th August raised £151.05. Thanks to all who donated bric a brac for us to sell. Special thanks to Sudi Chiang and Ron Green who were moving house and donated masses of lovely things to sell. The sale planned for 1st July was rained off.
VINTAGE FAIR at St Mary’s on 11th and 12th August raised a total of £610.10. Many thanks to members Jill and Daniel Gayet who once again sponsored our stall.
THE AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY FAIR at Samares Manor raised £469.75.
THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE FETE on 15th September raised £86.00 . Our thanks to Monique, Phil, Jenny and Andy for their time and energy in running all these stalls.
SECRETARY'S REPORT 2018
BRANCHAGE AND STRIMMER CAMPAIGN Following the horrendous July branchage when so many hedgehogs were put to sleep with strimmer injuries we had a meeting at the end of August 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 20 - 30 cm/8-12” off the ground, beneficial plants would recover, eliminating fast growing pioneer species 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 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. Action for Wildlife took this campaign on. A discussion paper was sent to the Environment Minister and the Comite des Connetables who met at the end of January 2019. We really want things to change in 2019 to limit damage to the environment and wildlife.
HELPING HEDGEHOGS CAMPAIGN A leaflet was produced encouraging people to create hedgehog friendly gardens and make holes in their fences and walls to let the hogs gain access.
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.
Members of the public continue to be referred to us when they have found a hedgehog and in 2018
19 hedgehogs were passed to us for care, 10 died or were put to sleep, 7 were released and 2 remained in care at the year end. 2 hedgehogs admitted in December 2017 were in care at the beginning of the year, one died unexpectedly in an outside pen and the other was released in May to be found again in June quite near her release site and taken straight to the vets where she died, she may have been poisoned. Their ambulance drivers will collect patients during the day if we are overstretched and will collect any hedgehog after 8pm and take it to New Era Vets if it is injured. They also go to the JEP for us and bring us van loads of newspapers which is very kind of them. Brian has also brought us several consignments of plastic dog beds to use (upside down) as hog houses and feeding shelters, these are the old fashioned ones with no holes in the bottoms which are unobtainable now so a real gold mine for us!
Hog houses: Thanks to the States of Jersey Prison Service, Jim Peacock and Hannah Harvey for making us more nesting and feeding boxes which are available at White Lodge for a donation.
Woodchips: Thanks to Ian Averty of Channel Island Tree Services for giving us a load of woodchips to cover the floors of the outside enclosures.
Many thanks to St Peter's Garden Centre for all their donations of dry food.
Volunteers: Thanks to Monique, Pam, Louisa, Hannah, Monya, Anne, Stine, Emily, Siobhan and Linsay for all their help and to our junior helpers Poppy, Catherine and Freya. Tillie Beckwolden was doing her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award and came to help. Pam comes to wash up, feed babies, bring shredded paper and knitted hogs, she is in charge of paper shredding, woolly hogs and collecting tins and counts and banks the money. Thanks to our drop everything and go ambulance drivers Fiona and Gerry who do exactly that when a finder rings with a sick hog and is unable to bring it to us.
PRIVACY STATEMENT: New data protection regulations came into force in May 2018. We now need people’s permission to hold their contact details which are only used either to send out newsletters, or to arrange for a hedgehog release or to ask someone who has offered their help to volunteer We do not do any marketing and all personal information is kept securely and is never shared with anyone else.
CARE REPORT 2018
ADMISSIONS DURING 2018
Dru's admissions totalled 567 with 268 deaths and 330 releases which represents a survival rate of 58%. At the year end we had 10 permanent residents, of these 5 are amputees, one is brain damaged, one is a very old lady and 3 cannot roll up properly. There were a total of 108 hogs with Dru and 7 with Monique at the year end. Monique admitted 35 hedgehogs during the year, 19 of which were released and 9 died. She has 1 permanent resident, this represents a 77% survival rate. During the autumn Monique admitted 9 hedgehogs all which survived - a much better result than Dru.
Admissions continued well into January and only 2 hogs were released during the first 2 months of the year because January was too wet and then it got so cold in late February and early March. Releases started on 6th March with much celebration and relief! But then stopped abruptly for the second cold snap in the month.
The prolonged dry spell of weather in the summer made life difficult for hogs - their natural food disappears when the ground gets so hard and dry. They were more dependent than usual on the food and water people left out for them. July saw the highest monthly intake ever with 119 hedgehogs being rescued but of these 46 died or were put to sleep. This was the worse ever year for strimmer injuries with more than 30 being put to sleep - not all of these were recorded as they were taken straight to the vets. On 2 separate occasions, Dru had to collect 2 hogs from Trinity and take them directly to the vets to be put to sleep. It was like driving a hearse. There was a definite black spot for strimmer injuries around Trinity Manor with 14 being found in that area and only 3 of these survived. Hedgehogs admitted in the summer and autumn suffered a very high death rate with Dru,
Monique's hedgehogs were unaffected and did well.
During 2018 we admitted 146 juveniles which weighed more than 250g on admission. During the autumn they suffered from fluke, threadworm leading to diarrhoea and chest infections. November’s admissions were more or less normal with 100 being admitted but then in December admissions almost stopped with only 34 being found and the death toll in December was 39 (some of these having been found earlier on). 187 babies under 250g were admitted during 2018, There was one family born in care, the mum was in for assessment having been found first in an enclosed garden on Victoria Avenue and then in an upstairs bedroom, she had obviously been looking for somewhere to have her babies. The whole family was eventually released at White Lodge. Another family had been found at the height of the drought in the car park at Ernest Watson Close in St Clement, they were all very emaciated and only the mum and one girl survived to be released.
Barbed wire fence: The year’s first injury was from a barbed wire fence. The vets sewed up his wounded leg but it did not heal and he was put to sleep.
Pelvic and other traumatic injuries: We looked after 3 hogs with pelvic fractures, 2 were released and one remains in care. 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. Two lucky hogs were found in the road bleeding from an ear but both lived to tell the tale. 2 with traumatic leg injuries were put to sleep.
Strimmer Wounds: The first strimmer casualty of the year was found on Easter Sunday, she had been here as a baby in 2012 and had subsequently returned with her babies in 2014, she suffered a severe nose wound and was put to sleep. The wet spring followed by hot weather made the vegetation grow so much. Noses were slashed, maybe because the hogs were lying out in the fields in the heat. 3 strimmed hogs in May, 14 in June, 12 in July and one in September were put to sleep. Only 2 head wounds, 8 minor nose injuries and a bottom wound were released.
Abscesses: The vets treated 8 hedgehogs with abscesses in various parts of the body. One with a huge burst abscess on his back from Queen’s Valley reservoir did really well and was released. One with a huge abscess on his chest was also released. As was one with a large abscess on her chin. Another with an abscess on her jaw has done well and was still in care at the end of the year.
Thanks to New Era Vets for their help with these injured hogs.
3 hogs were put to sleep with unusual symptoms, one had a heart murmur and was fitting, she was having strokes and the other had respiratory problems and kept on passing out because not enough oxygen was getting to her lungs. One with a tumour in the lungs was also put to sleep.
Bee: One hog had a bee in her mouth, her chin was full of pus and her eye was paralysed from the stings but she survived to be released.
Dogs 3 hogs were attacked by dogs one died, one was released and one with multiple injuries remained in care at the year end but was put to sleep in February 2019. One was found unhurt in a dog pen and 6 others were found but not hurt by dogs.
Babies: We waited till 25th June for our first baby - 2 holiday makers drove from St Ouen’s via Grands Vaux to Millbrook using their Sat Nav! He was covered in fly eggs but was feisty and did well. 2 babes covered in fly eggs in August did well, another very young babe was found in October and was also feisty, all have been released. Weaned youngsters were found out in daylight which were very small for their age, the mothers did well to wean them but there was no natural food for them in the drought. 2 hogs suffered miscarriages but survived.
The majority of hogs were found in gardens, on the road or in fields, here are some of the exceptions, there is a wide variety of places where they get trapped:
Wire Fence - One hog was found trapped under a wire fence, luckily was not hurt and was released a little time later.
Gates: 2 hogs were trapped under gates, one was found under metal bars in a workshop at Highlands.
Fell off Walls 2 hogs fell off walls one landed in a glass dustbin and was uninjured. He was released elsewhere shortly afterwards and then found again with a nasty pelvic fracture, he must have been hit by a car, he remains in care. One was found in a flowerpot. Another was trapped between 2 buckets inside a garage.
2 adults were trapped in a lobster pot and released in a neighbouring garden. One got itself into a sack of guinea pig shavings and was lucky not to have been taken to the dump.
One youngster was dropped by a crow in front of its finder and survived to be returned to that garden. A mature female was found in a hole in the floor of a barn during renovations she was very emaciated but was later released. One youngster was trapped down stone steps. Another was found in a chicken coop.
3 were found in drains, one of these was at the commercial dump so he must have got there in a lorry of garden waste. 2 were found inside sheds and 4 were inside houses and one was in the dog’s bed.
4 independent hogs and a family of 5 babes without their mother were found in enclosed gardens.
Pools, lake and brook: 5 were rescued alive from swimming pools. One was rescued from a brook by a very athletic Anne who did a full length dive on the wet grass to grab him from the water. A mature female was rescued from the lake at Tamba Park.
Netting: This was the year for badminton nets being left on the ground. 9 were found in nets of all sorts, 4 of these were badminton nets, one was in netting over a pond, one football goal, 2 garden nets and one unspecified net from Beaulieu.
Fishing line: one was tangled in nylon fishing line so tightly and the maggots had taken hold so he was put to sleep.
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.
Trench: 3 live hedgehogs and one dead body were rescued from a trench which had been dug in a field to lay electricity cables, the finders spent a lot of time and energy constructing ramps at either end so that no more hogs would get trapped and as the field is owned by another member, the work was soon completed once he had been advised of the problem.
Another lucky hog was rescued from a cattle grid in Queens Valley.
EAR TAG and other RETURNS 2018
During the year 2018 101 ear tags were applied, of these 54 were released later in the year, 8 died or were put to sleep and 39 remained in care at the year end. 2 hogs tagged in 2018 returned to care later in the year and died on their second visit.
56 hogs tagged in 2017 were over wintered and released in 2018.
8 from 2017 were returned to care, 6 were successfully re-released, 2 others were released but subsequently died.
2 from 2017 were readmitted in 2018 and remained in care at the end of 2018, one suffered a dog attack and cannot roll up so will not be released, the other has respiratory problems and was in hibernation at the end of 2018 but will be released in 2019.
3 from 2016 were found again, one was dead in a member’s garden, one died in care and the other was re-released for a week but then taken to the vets to be put to sleep.
An old friend from 2015 who had had 3 winters in the wild returned for a spell and was re-released.
A mature female from 2014 returned with respiratory problems and was re-released.
An old lady from 2012 who had returned for care in 2014 was found on Easter Sunday 2018 with a penetrating nose wound and was put to sleep at once.
Nail varnish marks – hogs can sometimes be identified by location and remaining nail varnish marks. 6 hogs marked in this way returned in 2018, one was re-released, one was put to sleep, two were released but died later in the year, two were still in care at the year end.