Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Vulnerable Time for Our Wildlife

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Vulnerable Time for Our Wildlife

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WITH the weather improving, I, probably like most people, have been out in the garden, tidying up from what seems to have been an endless winter.

It's a vulnerable time for the wildlife that lives alongside us - every year the RSPCA receives calls about wild animals with distressing and often fatal gardening-related injuries which in most cases are completely avoidable.

Quick checks for wild animals and their nests in the long grass or foliage could be all that is needed to prevent young animals from being abandoned and save others from losing a limb - or life.

| Hedgehogs at high risk I've heard about lots of awful cases in the past, including a toad stuck in a watering can, a hedgehog burnt in pampas grass clearance and a blackbird speared by a garden fork. Hedgehogs are one of the most affected as they curl up into a ball when they sense danger and can be hard to spot in the grass but we also get called about frogs, toads and snakes with horrendous injuries caused by strimmers. …

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