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A Sussex animal charity is urging people to take care during the bonfire season and to follow their top ten tips for helping wildlife and especially keeping hedgehogs safe.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) takes in over 400 hedgehogs a year and at this time of year they will be starting to look for and develop hibernation homes to sleep for the winter. Bonfires make perfect places for hedgehogs to hide and sleep, but not necessarily in safety. "Hedgehog numbers are on the decline and we need to help them out as much as possible and this is a simple and easy way to do so" explained WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE.

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Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them, lots of tips to make sure our prickly friends stay safe can be found on the Society's website.

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East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is publishing a list of their top 10 suggestions for wildlife friendly New Year's Resolutions.

  1. To encourage wildlife in urban areas by cutting a hole in fences to help wildlife like hedgehogs to move around more easily.
  2. To stop the unnecessary hunting, killing and poisoning of wildlife, including and the use of snares, larsen traps to catch wildlife, as well as poisons like slug pellets, rodent poisons and pesticides and to use humane and nature alternatives to pest control. As well as ensuring bird netting and other pest control measures are routinely maintained and managed to prevent unnecessary deaths of wildlife.
  3. To reduce the number of wildlife becoming entangled in rubbish, litter, discarded netting, wire, by ensuring litter and rubbish is disposed of carefully and properly, like cutting up beer can rings, not dropping fast food waste in the streets, don't discard carrier bags, or use Chinese lanterns.
  4. To increase awareness of wildlife welfare in the community, school and colleges.
  5. To become a vegetarian or vegan to help reduce the threat to wildlife from farming and to improve the environment.
  6. To ban the use and storage of guns outside of licenced ranges or establishments.
  7. To keep hunter cats in at night to reduce down the impact cats have on wildlife.
  8. To encourage safer road usage by driving slower in rural areas and especially at night, but also improving new road and transport systems with crossing points like toad, badger, fox, squirrel and deer tunnels and over passes, wider grass verges so wildlife can be seen far in advance to reduce road casualties.
  9. o ban the import and export of all wildlife and prevent them from being kept as pets unnecessarily.
  10. To support your local wildlife rescue or hospital so they can continue to provide their vital service.

"I was asked before Christmas what my New Year's resolutions were going to be and at first I wasn't really sure, so I decided to put together a list of ideas to help people make a wildlife friendly New Year's Resolution with the help of our friends on Facebook" said Trevor Weeks MBE founder of East Sussex WRAS.

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An East Sussex animal charity has organised a Hedgehog Awareness Weekend in the run up to the Guy Fawkes Celebrations in order to help keep hedgehogs and other wildlife safe over the celebrations.

Over the weekend on 13th and 14th October WRAS's founder Trevor Weeks MBE will be doing hour long sessions about hedgehog awareness including how to keep hedgehogs safe during the bonfire celebrations. The sessions will include meeting a real live hedgehog at WRAS's Wildlife Hospital based at Whitesmith on the A22 between Hailsham, Lewes and Uckfield.

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It's Hedgehog Awareness Week!

Every year East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) deals with over 500 hedgehogs. The majority of call-outs are directly or indirectly as a result of human activity. East Sussex WRAS is urging members of the public to check their gardens for a number of common problems which hedgehogs encounter to try and make their lives a safer and happier one.

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Animal rescuers are advising people to leave out fresh water in their gardens for wildlife to drink during the hot weather. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has recently been called about 12 hedgehogs which have been suffering from dehydration and emaciation due to the hot weather.

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Spring is in the air and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service's rescue line is hot with calls for help from people finding fledgling birds.

"It is very easy to assume a bird has been abandoned when you find it on the floor, but quite often it is a fledgling learning to fly. When a fledgling takes its first flight it is going to be unsuccessful, it is natural for them to spend anything up to a week on the floor sometimes before they can fly properly. Mum and dad will normally be near by but they do not always fly down to feed every few minutes as they are trying to encourage the youngster to fly. Both the youngster and the parents are good at hiding themselves" said Trevor Weeks founder of WRAS.

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