HAZARDS FOR HEDGEHOGS
Please do all you can to make your garden and the area near where you live as safe as possible for hogs
Litter: Dont drop litter, please put it in a bin, hedgehogs get trapped in plastic bags, dustbin liners, crisp packets, 4 pack rings, polystyrene cups etc.
Blow up the crisp packet and pop it before you put it in the bin, or cut it. Cut all the plastic rings including the little ones in the middle these can trap all sorts of wildlife and the victim will be unable to free itself.
Hogs will be attractive to whatever is in the bottom of the cup and then will get stuck inside as its spines will stick into the polystyrene, if someone does not take the cup off its head, it will starve to death.
Poisons Dont use any garden chemicals. Blue slug pellets and weedkillers also kill hedgehogs, insecticides destroy their food supply. Rat poison will also kill them.
Strimmers and blades
Check carefully before you use a strimmer, scythe or mower, cut 2 or 0.5 m above the ground first, then check for hedgehogs and then cut lower to the ground if you wish. We see some horrific injuries caused by cutting tools before every Branchage, remember, these are just the hedgehogs which people have rescued, it does not take account of the ones killed outright or the others which have crawled away to die a slow and painful death.
This hog (left) had a lucky escape as its skin was not cut, it just got a close haircut. But this one (pictured right) was not so lucky.
Ponds, pools and drains:
Hedgehogs will fall into any steep sided hole, whether or not it is filled with water, so any type of open drain, trench or pit as well as steep sided ponds and swimming pools are all potential death traps. Please do all you can to avoid these fatalities by providing escape ramps or rafts and by covering drains.
Steep garden steps can also trap them and separate hoglets from their mother whose longer legs have let her continue on her way without them. A brick or block can make the step shallower and allow the hedgehog to climb up easily.
Dont leave loose netting around on the ground, if it is in use in the garden, pull it taut and leave a gap of about 4 /10cm underneath for hedgehogs. Hedgehogs get caught in all sorts of nets, wire mesh and lobster pots. If you have a tennis court or a badminton net, make sure it is lifted off the ground at the end of play.
Bonfires are also dangerous, they look like an inviting nest site, so please only set light to rubbish you have moved that day, dont set fire to a pile of garden waste that has been there for even one night. The safest alternative is to use an incinerator.
Take care with garden tools:
If you compost your waste, hedgehogs will also find the heap a lovely warm place to nest, so please take care when forking through. Please take care with all garden tools.
Hedgehogs get trapped in sheds and garages:
Hedgehogs will wander into your shed or garage if you leave the door open at night, this is no problem if you always leave the door open and do not mind them visiting, but if you sometimes shut it after dark and then leave it shut for several days, a hedgehog could be trapped inside and could die of thirst if not starvation.
With a maximum speed limit of 40mph in Jersey there should not be many hedgehogs killed on our roads, but sadly you will know that this is not so. Please take care.
If you know that your dog likes to hunt for hedgehogs, please keep him on a lead after dark, some dogs can kill a hog with one shake of the head. This hog had been bitten by a dog but survived after treatment.
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