The Jersey Hedgehog Preservation Group
rescues, rehabilitates and releases back into the wild Western
European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in Jersey, British
What our aims are and what we do:
i. To increase public awareness about hedgehogs
in Jersey and the dangers they face living in a small Island in close
proximity to humans and all their activities. We give talks to groups
of all ages, never refuse an invitation to give an interview to the
media or have a stand or stall at an event. We produce quarterly newsletters for our members.
ii. To care for any sick, injured or orphaned
hedgehogs found by members of the public and once they are fit again,
to release them back into the wild as near to where they were found as
is sensible. This is done under veterinary guidance, we work closely
with the New Era Veterinary Hospital.
iii. To contribute information for scientific
research about hedgehogs. We
keep records of all hedgehogs in our care and fit most of them with
numbered ear-tags to identify them if they are found again. We rely on
members of the public to inform us when they find a tagged hedgehog,
either dead or alive. This adds to our knowledge of what happens to
them once they have been released, for example: how far they travel
from the release point, how long they live and we may be able to tell
if the problems it had on its first visit have recurred.
introduced to Jersey in the middle of the 19th century,
around the same time as red squirrels. They have no natural predators in Jersey, as there are no
badgers or foxes on the Island, but there are still many hazards for
them to face, most of them caused by humans. Rats, feral ferrets and
dogs may attack them and even kill them. Cats will only pose a threat to very young hedgehogs before
they are independent of mother. The breeding season in Jersey runs from May to the end of
October. In spite of mild winters after the end of November any young
hedgehog which has not reached a safe weight for hibernation (450g)
may not survive the winter in the wild. If they are found and brought to us, we care for them until
they weigh 600g when we release them in mild weather or wait until
Spring if they decide to hibernate in care.
trapped in plastic bags, dustbin liners, crisp packets, 4 pack rings,
polystyrene cups etc.
There are some very well tended gardens in the
Island which means slug pellets, weed killers and insecticides .We see
some horrific injuries caused by cutting tools before every Visite du Branchage which occur twice a year at the beginning
of July and September,
when Parish Officials inspect all the hedges and banks bordering on
public roads, it is an offence not to cut your boundary along the
roadside. This means that
farmers and landowners have a deadline to work to and maybe this
results in more casualties, or at least concentrates them into these
two months. And these are just the hedgehogs which people have rescued, it does not take account of the ones
killed outright or the others which have crawled away to die.
There are also many swimming pools in the Island
and we regularly admit hedgehogs which have been rescued from
drowning. In addition to
garden and sports netting, being an island with keen fishermen,
hedgehogs get caught in fishing nets and lobster pots left on the
ground to dry.
With a maximum speed limit of 40mph, there should
not be many hedgehogs killed on our roads, but this is not the case.
Other hazards are the same as those encountered elsewhere, so have not
been repeated here.
Contact us: by phone 01534 734340 or email: email@example.com
if would like information about endoparasites, their
identification and treatment, or if you would like any more
information about ear tagging.