Please Don't KIll me

Please Don’t KIll me. Check the long grass and undergrowth before using a strimmer or other weapon of mass destruction.

Hedgehogs are  Killed and injured daily by Strimmers and Lawnmowers


I am totally and absolutely fed up & really annoyed and distressed by the amount of injured, dead & dying hedgehogs that I have dealt with, all totally unnecessary when a little thought would have prevented all of it

Every year I pick up more than 50  hedgehogs  with bad injuries caused by strimmers, mowers and other garden machinery. Even though all are always given immediate veterinary attention it is very rare for any of them to  survive. The injuries inflicted on these innocent defenceless little animals, through OUR carelessness and neglect is beyond belief.



All we are asking is:

bullet Please be very careful when using a strimmer, mower or other power tool in your garden and check the long grass and undergrowth first with your hand or foot to make sure NOTHING is curled up there.
Hedgehogs DO NOT run away when they hear the noise, but curl up tightly which is no protection from these tools of mass destruction.
bullet The manufacturers and sellers of these weapons of mass destruction to put a clearly visible warning on the tool where the person using it will see it everytime they use it.

Philip Larkin wrote this poem after his terrible experience back in 1979 and it is still happening on a daily basis

The Mower by Philip Larkin  (1922-1985)

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,
Killed. It had been in the long grass.

I had seen it before, and even fed it, once.
Now I had mauled its unobtrusive world
Unmendably. Burial was no help:

Next morning I got up and it did not.
The first day after a death, the new absence
Is always the same; we should be careful

Of each other, we should be kind
While there is still time.

You can see some horrific injuries caused by strimmers on this page. Warning there are some very graphic and upsetting pictures

Hedgehogs naturally sleep curled up in long grass or piles of leaves and twigs.

Hedgehogs have been around for 15 Million years, which makes them one of the oldest mammals still in existence. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals. They sleep curled up during daytime in long grass and undergrowth. This is the time when strimmers are used and hedgehogs are in danger.

Hedgehogs are now dying out very fast and have recently been put on the endangered list. Each and every unnecessary death brings them a step closer to extinction

The pictures below show a hedgehog in its nest. See how the hedgehog blends in perfectly. This is why so many get chopped & killed by strimmers when people don’t check the long grass, the undergrowth or piles of leaves before using these Weapons of Mass Destruction. Before using a strimmer or mower ALWAYS check first to make sure NOTHING is curled up there. Hedgehogs DO NOT run away when they hear the noise, but curl up tightly which is no protection from these tools

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