Submitted by GSPCA on 13:07, 15th May, 2013 | 0

This time of year we all venture out in the garden to cut the grass, trim the hedges and tidy the garden whilst we enjoy the spring weather.

The GSPCA is urging islanders to take care as we have already had hedgehog casualties due to garden machinery.

Last year the first to arrive was Topoff who survived and was released to a walled garden to live the rest of his days.  Our latest hedgehog to be affected by a strimmer is Sarnia who also has an injury to the top of his head.

Sarnia has been with the GSPCA for a few days now and doing well.

Sarah Ozanne Animal Care Assistant who works in the hedgehog department said 'Hedgehogs are out and about this time of year after hibernating over winter and we are urging anyone strimming or trimming to check the undergrowth first to make sure there isn't a hedgehog hidden.'

'Sarnia the injured hedgehog came in a few days ago with part of his head missing and is having treatment and we are very hopeful he will be fine after some care.'

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.

To help prevent these incidents you provide a suitable nesting or hibernating box, which can prevent accidental disturbance and these are on sale at the Shelter and other stores around Guernsey.

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

To see the story of Jethou Bumblebee the grey seal pup please check out this short video from start to finish on how staff rescued him with a lot of help.

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The following are events planned for 2013

Every Tuesday during term time between 10.30am and 12pm at the GSPCA we have a coffee morning with bric-a-brac and pet supplies on sale.  Please click here for more details

Clinton's Kilimanjaro Climb in March - One man VS 5,895 m - to find out more please click here for more details

Sunday 2nd June 2013 - Summer Fayre and Dog Show - please click here for more details

Saturday 8th June 2013 Itex Walk Guernsey - We are pleased that for 2013 we are one of the nominated charities benefiting from this years walk. To register and find out more click here for more details and sponsor those taking part.

Sunday 15th September 2013 - Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday - click here for more details.

4th October - World Animal Day - more details to follow


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