Record breaking year for hedgehogs and Intensive Care Unit Appeal due to the large numbers

Submitted by Steve on 16:18, 6th Nov, 2020 | 0

Last year the GSPCA saw a record breaking 618 hedgehogs come through the doors and 2020 has broken that record number as we see poorly hedgehogs arriving in numbers.

With almost 2 months to go before the end of 2020 we have already helped an incredible 626 this year making it a record breaking number of hedgehogs

Despite lockdown the GSPCA has been incredibly busy and especially with 20 hedgehogs in since Monday the numbers are increasing every day with 129 currently in our care.

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Advice on Feeding Hedgehogs and Wildlife without Attracting Rats

Submitted by Steve on 15:01, 25th Sep, 2020 | 0

At the GSPCA we are often asked about advice on feeding wildlife but how to not to attract rats and mice.

Hedgehogs are a hugely popular animal that many of us love to attract to our gardens as they often snack on unwanted visitors like slugs and snails.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “We often get asked at the GSPCA how to deter rats while helping feed wildlife in the garden.”

“We have put together tips to help with helping hedgehogs and birds here in Guernsey while deterring or not attracting rats.”

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Record breaking numbers of hedgehogs rescued in Guernsey

Submitted by Steve on 11:47, 12th Aug, 2020 | 0

Last year the GSPCA saw a record breaking 618 hedgehogs come through the doors and 2020 is set to be even busier.

Between the 1st January 2019 and 12th August 2019 we saw 330 hedgehogs which was a record in our 147 year history and this year between the same period we have already had 399 hedgehogs arrive meaning it looks like another record breaking year for hedgehog numbers.

Despite lockdown the GSPCA has been incredibly busy and especially with wild animals.

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An incredible 13 hedgehogs arrived at the GSPCA in a few hours this morning and more are arriving

Submitted by Steve on 16:59, 29th Jul, 2020 | 0

Last month at the GSPCA we shared an important message about helping hedgehogs and after todays record number arrived in one morning we wanted to share that important information.

Of the 13 hedgehogs two were able to go back to the wild, one was sadly deceased on arrival and 10 others are now in our Hedgehog Department with a variety of injuries, ailments and ages requiring our care.

With a total of 348 hedgehogs coming into our care during 2020 since the 1st January it looks likely we will see another record breaking number of hedgehogs to need our help.

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GSPCA urging islanders to help hedgehogs in the hot weather and take care when gardening with rising levels of strimmer injuries

Submitted by Steve on 11:31, 26th Jun, 2020 | 0

The GSPCA has been kept extremely busy with hundreds of animals arriving each month but one of the main casualties has been dehydrated and hedgehogs with extreme head wounds due to strimmers and hedges cutters.

In the last week we have rescued 16 extremely dehydrated hedgehogs, those flat and thin for their age and size, many dehydrated and those with severe maggot infested head wounds.

Gardening injuries is a huge issue for hedgehogs at this time of year and the warm weather are causing them huge challenges and the GSPCA are urging islanders to care and help save lives.

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First babies of 2020 born at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 11:35, 23rd Apr, 2020 | 0

Today we have seen the first birth of 2020 at the GSPCA and we are delighted to say mum is a hedgehog.

As wonderful as this news is, it marks a time where we need to take extra care when out in the garden as others may have already been born and others will be due in the coming weeks.

Last year at the GSPCA we saw the highest number of hedgehogs come into our care in our history. An amazing 618 were rescued or born at the GSPCA and we have already seen 80 since the beginning of 2020, another record number.

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Help Guernsey Hedgehogs in what is a record year in numbers arriving at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 11:44, 26th Nov, 2019 | 0

Many think that Guernsey hedgehogs like their cousins in the UK hibernate but sadly this is a rare occurrence for the majority of our spikey friends as they require a temperature of 5c or below for their body clock to switch to this Winter behaviour.

With the mild climate we have in the Channel Islands it is rare for a day to go by that we don’t rescue of help a hedgehog 365 days a year.

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GSPCA urging islanders to help hedgehogs in the hot weather

Submitted by Steve on 21:59, 2nd Aug, 2019 | 0

The GSPCA has been kept extremely busy with hundreds of animals arriving each month but one of the main casualties has been dehydrated and very poorly hedgehogs.

In just 3 hours on Friday evening 4 hedgehogs arrived 3 of which were extremely dehydrated, flat and thin for their age and size with the fourth pictured not so dehydrated but still very thin and covered in ticks.

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An array of hedgehogs released back to the wild by the GSPCA team

Submitted by Steve on 15:25, 13th Jun, 2019 | 0

Over the last two months the GSPCA has both been extremely busy with an abundance of hedgehogs needing rescue and our care as well as those being ready to released to the wild.

Some of those being released back to the wild were hand rears from 2018 and last month one of the largest groups were released.

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Exciting news for wildlife in Guernsey as The States of Guernsey ban the sale of Metaldehyde

Submitted by Steve on 17:55, 9th Jan, 2019 | 0

The GSPCA and RSPB Guernsey are delighted to report that The States of Guernsey have banned the sale of Metaldehyde.

Under the Poisonous Substances (Guernsey) Law, 1994, and Regulation 11(8) of the Control of Poisonous Substances (Guernsey) Regulations, 2014, as amended, the approval of the products containing the active ingredients Metaldehyde is hereby revoked. It will be prohibited from sale as of 30th June 2019 and prohibited from use the following year on the 30thJune 2020.

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