Garden Dangers


Ponds

Ponds

Hedgehogs will drown in garden ponds and swimming pools unless steps are taken to enable them to scramble out. A ramp leading out or a basket of water plants placed on the shelf near the edge of a pond can be a lifesaver. Swimming pools should be covered in order to prevent children and wildlife from accidently falling in and drowning.


Mesh and Netting

Mesh and Netting

Never leave unused mesh, football, tennis or garden netting lying around. Roll or hook up all football nets and allow a gap of about a foot at the bottom of any netting, so hedgehogs can pass safely underneath. They sustain terrible injuries when trying to escape, if they have become entangled. If you find a hog entangled please contact us immediately.


Pesticides

Pesticides

Use natural alternatives to pesticides. Slug pellets WILL KILL hedgehogs and Rat poison will do the same. Try using beer traps to catch the slugs in your garden or an upturned grapefruit. Store all chemicals up high and out of reach of all wildlife.

Beer Trap


Holes

If digging holes either for new shrubs or fence posts, please ensure they are covered until the work has been finished. If a hedgehog falls into the hole and they can't get out they can either die if not found soon enough or even drown if it rains.


Drains

Again drains need to be covered to avoid hedgehogs falling down into them, getting stuck and being in sometimes toxic waste.


Glue Traps

Glue

Glue traps are a barbaric way of dealing with vermin, no animal deserves to die in such a horrific way. But we have had a number of hedgehogs that have been unfortunate enough to get caught on them. Some have lost their lives because when the vets have tried to remove the glue, it has either pulled their skin off or they cannot remove enough to prevent the hog curling up and becoming glued in a ball.