Keeping your Garden Safe for Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are beginning to come out of hibernation from the winter and become frequent victims of strimmer injuries.

It is estimated that there are fewer than a million hedgehogs left in the UK, down from an estimated 36 million in the 1950s, with numbers continuing to decline.

Wildlife hospitals across the UK take in and rehabilitate, injured, orphaned or displaced hedgehogs each year, with the aim of releasing every one back into the wild.

At this time of year hospitals are sadly used to seeing and treating injured hedgehogs as a result of strimmer injuries with some starting to see these horrendous injuries, often severe enough that the hedgehog may not be able to be saved.

The coronavirus crisis has made the work of caring for all wildlife much more difficult, with social distancing measures meaning volunteers having to stay away, funding and commuity work cancelled and vets only seeing emergencies, making it even more of a priority to limit avoidable injuries in these very difficult times.These are very difficult times, with the lockdown impacting heavily on income, movement and resources generally.

To lessen the impact on very strecthed wildlfie hospitals we recommend that before starting to use your strimmer think hedgehog. They are to be found in long grass and in hedges, walk and carefully observe the area you are intending to strim. Hedgehogs will not move away when they feel danger but rather curl up into a ball so making them harder to see.

If you find a hedgehog and are concerned for its welfare we can advise you on what to do. 
Please make a donation to our cause to support wildlife hospitals during these very difficult times.  

 

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