Although the weather is beginning to improve, please don’t forget that our wildlife still needs our care and protection. Wild birds need a constant supply of clean water and plenty of food, perhaps also including a bit of fruit. To minimise the risks of any diseases spreading amongst our wild birds, it is important to ensure that all feeders, bird baths, and bowls etc., are regularly cleaned.
As well as thinking about our wild birds, we should not forget our rapidly dwindling hedgehog population. It will soon be time for the hedgehogs to wake up properly and become active at night. They will also appreciate having easy access to clean water, as well as the appropriate food, but on NO ACCOUNTS feed them bread and milk – that will kill them. Please also remember that slug pellets and hedgehogs are another fatal combination!
Be particularly careful when using strimmers and do not light bonfires without first looking to ensure that there are no sleeping or sheltering hedgehogs, underneath.
A lot of hedgehogs are maimed every year due to strimmers – the injuries are usually horrific, so please also be very careful if using strimmers and other similar equipment.
If hedgehogs are seen out in the daytime, then something is seriously wrong and they are in urgent need of help. Carefully place them in a box (so that they don’t waddle off into the undergrowth to die a slow death), while you go off to phone the GSPCA on 01481 257261, for advice.
The links below have some useful information about feeding garden birds and hedgehogs.
E-mail: – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hedgehog Information Sheet.
or consult GSPCA.