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HEDGEHOG

In Spring and Summer we are surrounded by new life in the natural world, we can often find young birds and animals on their own in strange or unsafe places, if this is the case here are some guidelines from the RSPCA to help you.

Usually the youngsters have not been abandoned and ‘rescuing’ them may do more harm than good, their mother is close by and looking out for them, human interference can reduce their chances of survival.

Baby Birds

Leave ‘abandoned’ baby birds alone, if you find a young bird out of its nest it is probably a fledgling, they usually leave the nest about two weeks after hatching – just before they can fly, they will have grown all or most of their feathers, are very mobile and can walk, run and hop onto low branches. Fledglings are fed by their parents who are usually nearby collecting food, however, they will not return to the fledglings until you have gone, never try to return fledglings to their nest.

Young Deer

If you go for a walk in the countryside you may come across an ‘abandoned’ young deer, the chances are that it is waiting for its mother to return, deer hide their young in undergrowth or long grass whilst they are foraging. Leave the deer where it is and move well away without touching it, an unfamiliar scent may cause the mother to abandon them, if you have a dog keep them on a lead.

Young Fox Cubs

Fox cubs start taking their first steps outside the earth (den) at four weeks old, and it is quite normal for them to wander in or around patches of cover above ground this is how they develop their survival and hunting skills. Please don’t be tempted to ‘rescue’ them the cubs’ parents or relatives are usually nearby keeping a close eye on them.

Young Hedgehogs

If you see a young or adult hedgehog out during the daytime it can mean that it is unwell or in trouble if you are concerned call the RSPCA or the Hedgehog Preservation Society for advice.

No matter how hard we may try we cannot look after young birds or animals as well as their parents, if you really want to help leave them alone, if they are in immediate danger from a predator or traffic place them out of harm a short distance away so that the parents can find, then if you are worried go back later and check all is well.

Useful contact telephone numbers:

If you are concerned about an animal   RSPCA 0300 1234 999

http://www.rspca.org.uk/home

Hedgehog Preservation Society    01584 890801

http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/found-a-hedgehog.php

It is really hard to walk away and not do anything but often it is the right thing to do.

Love your environment

Gill

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