Submitted by GSPCA on 16:31, 16th Mar, 2012 | 0

This time of year we all venture out in the garden to do the gardening and cut the grass while we enjoy the spring weather.

The GSPCA is urging islanders to take care as we have already had our first hedgehog casualty.

Mowing and strimming long grass and using hedge trimmers near to the ground can cause severe injuries to hedgehogs. Sometimes hedgehogs will snuggle down unnoticed into tall grass and can be caught with blades and strimmers. When cutting long overgrown areas, initially cut to about a foot high, and then check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before cutting any lower. If you provide a suitable nesting or hibernating box, this can prevent accidental disturbance.

Emma Trousdale Welfare and Education Officer said  ‘We love going out and doing our gardening this time of year but please stop and check before strimming or using hedge trimmers.’  ‘Topsy as we’ve named him came into us last week and is needing a lot of care to help treat his wounds.  In fact the injury was down to his skull but he is doing well and we are hopeful for a good recovery and getting him back to the wild when he is 100%.’

If you find an injured hedgehog please call the Shelter on 01481 257261 or bring up any time day or night.

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