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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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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Meet some of the hoglets being hand reared by the GSPCA team

Submitted by Steve on 12:19, 15th Jun, 2018 | 0

You normally see Hoglets in May, June or July, when the first litters are generally born, and in August-September, when the second litters are often born, although we do see them throughout the year when the weather is mild.

The last few weeks have been extremely busy not only with abandoned baby hedgehogs or hoglets as they are called being found but also some of the injured hedgehogs giving birth at the GSPCA.

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Baby boom at the GSPCA - Appeal for intensive care units - GSPCA see a surge in young animals needing Intensive Care Units

Submitted by Steve on 15:56, 15th Jul, 2016 | 0

At the GSPCA we are currently working extremely hard behind the scene to care for many baby birds, baby hedgehogs and even have a number of baby ferrets and kittens.

Thankfully the kittens and ferrets have mothers to feed for them but the ducklings, hoglets and fledglings are all filling our intensive care units at such a rate we are having to appeal for help to purchase extra as well as for hand rear milk and meal worms to feed them.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "In the last week or so we have seen a surge in young animals and birds being rescued and needing our care."

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Could you help sponsor the hand rear baby hedgehogs (hoglets) or others at the GSPCA

Submitted by Steve on 21:37, 26th May, 2016 | 0

On the 8th May three young hoglets were found abandoned by their mum in the Vale area.

At only a couple of weeks of age and barely able to walk or see the baby hedgehogs were rescued by one of our Volunteer Wardens and brought into the GSPCA.

When they arrived the GSPCA team worked quickly to warm them up and feed them.

For the last two weeks the team have been looking after them around the clock bottle feeding and caring for them in an intensive care unit.

Each day they grow stronger and we will hopefully soon have them feeding on solids.

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Hoglets eyes start to open

Submitted by Steve on 18:47, 19th May, 2015 | 0

Nearly two weeks since they were rescued and our 3 hoglets eyes have started to open and are doing very well.

Widge, Midge and Fidge were rescued after being found with no mother in sight.

Ambulance Collection Officer Geoff George attended the scene in Torteval where they were found all alone in a shed.

We are pleased to report the baby hoglets have been feeding well and are now trying to escape from their bed whenever they get the chance.

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