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Thursday, 26 September 2019

Caring for hedgehogs

We have had a lot of people contacting us to ask how best to look after hedgehogs in the wild so I thought I would do a post all about it. First of all, in you have hedgehogs in your garden, you are incredibly lucky! The number of hedgehogs in the wild is decreasing drastically. 

Below are some key ways in which you can help out our hedgehogs. 

  • Leave a shallow dish of water for the wildlife in your garden and some food. For hedgehogs specifically, you can get specialist hedgehog food, wet cat and dog food and cat biscuits.
  • Don't use slug pellets and other pesticide in your garden as they can directly harm the hedgehogs as well as their food source. There are plenty of organic methods you can use instead. 
  • Keep a part of your garden 'wild' for the use of wild animals. This means that hedgehogs can stay in your garden without being disturbed. To help with this, you can also get a hedgehog house so they have somewhere warm and safe that they can get into. Having a wild patch in your garden helps all wild animals and bugs so is defiantly worth it.
  • Check your garden for wildlife before you mow the lawn or use a strimmer. We have seen many hedgehogs that have been caught by the strimmer as they are hiding in a hedge, please try to stop this from happening.
  • Please check bonfires before lighting them as hedgehogs love to hide in them.
  • Dispose of litter responsibility as hedgehogs and other types of wildlife can be seriously harmed or die due to getting caught up in rubbish.
  • Make sure that there are sloping edges in ponds in your garden so all wildlife, especially hedgehogs, can get out easily to avoid drowning.
  • Be careful when driving. So many wildlife die on our roads. The animals were there before the roads. We have made roads through THEIR home, so we need to make sure animals are respected and taken care of, not killed.
If you would like anymore information or find a hedgehog in need, please contact us. You can find our contact details here.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Feed our wild birds!

Most of you would know about the warnings going around about not feeding ducks bread but this means that they aren’t getting the food at all and are starving to death. It isn’t only the ducks that get the bread but also swans, geese and pigeons. This little guy came into us yesterday. That is his breast bone sticking out, he is literally skin and bone. We have had so many birds brought in who are starving to death recently. The problem isn’t feeding birds bread, it is over feeding them as when it sinks to the bottom of the river bacteria which causes botulism is made. In the long run this can cause birds to die. Please feed our wild birds. If you have nothing else but bread, that is fine. The problem is overfeeding it to them.

However, bread is the equiverrliant to bird junk food. There are other things that you can easily buy to feed birds. The list below is only some of the food that you can feed birds such as ducks, swans and pigeons which are much better for them than bread.
  • Corn
  • Seeds
  • Peas
  • Sweatcorn
  • Oats 
  • Kale 
  • Broccoli
  • Rice
  • Grapes that have been cut up
  • lettuce 
  • vegetable scraps
There are many more food types which you can feed birds if you have a quick look on google. You can also get specific food for ducks and swans. 

Please remember that bread should only be used as a last resort.

Different birds have different dietary requirements, if you have a specific type of bird you are feeding and want to find out what you can feed them then feel free to contact us. Google has some great advice too so always use different pages as research as many will have different opinions on the best food. By looking at more than one page it means that you are able to make an informed decision yourself on what to feed them.

If you would like any more information on anything please contact us. 

Jenny Wackett- 07956 300 290
Emma Wackett- 07854 833 706
Email- walthamabbeywildliferescue@gmail.com

Reduce plastic use!

This is an ongoing blog post and will be updated 

Recently I have shared the story of the starling that got caught up in plastic netting, if you missed it here is the link: Plastic Netting Warning

Unfortunately, this is not a one off case and so many animals around the world are not as luck as this starling was.

Whilst plastic netting causes the most trouble for the animals that get brought to us, plastic is harming animals all over the world. It has become so much easier to find alternative to plastic so I thought it would be a good idea to share some links for some inspiration. We know how hard it is to give up all plastic so start off by taking small steps and just be mindful of what you are going to do with any plastic items once you have finished with them. Reuse and Recycle where ever possible. 

Information and News Stories

LUSH UK- https://uk.lush.com/ 
Earth Conscious- https://www.earthconscious.co.uk/
The Plastic Free Shop- https://www.theplasticfreeshop.co.uk/
Zero Waste Club- https://www.zero-waste-club.com/

Social Media Pages
Me living Plastic Free- https://www.instagram.com/me_living_plastic_free/?hl=en
Love Eco- https://www.instagram.com/_love_eco_/?hl=en