Archive for December, 2011

A hedgehog at Warrington hedgehog rescue gets some TLC and a good scratch!

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

This is an injured hedgehog which is being cared for by Virginia at Warrington Hedgehog Rescue. The hog is called Bridget and is a permanent resident as she has injuries which cannot heal. Bridget came in to the centre in a terrible state and took a log time to recover from her injuries and infections. She has lost one of her eyes and has a permanently broken back leg which will never heal. Despite all of this she is a very happy hog, and that is down to the care and attention she has received from Virginia and her team of volunteers at Warrington Hedgehog Rescue.

The centre always needs willing volunteers to help with looking after the injured hogs and donations of cash to buy supplies or dog food (no fish flavours!) are always welcome.

A link to the site is below, get in touch any amount of help will be gratefully received.

Bovine TB and badger control

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The Government’s policy on Bovine TB and badger control in England has been announced by Secretary of State Caroline Spelman MP. To help control the disease, the Government has decided to proceed with a policy of enabling farmers and landowners to cull and/or vaccinate badgers, under licence, in areas of high incidence of TB in cattle.

David Williams, Chairman of the Badger Trust said: “We are clearly very disappointed by this decision but now that it has been made, we will be studying it with our legal advisors to determine what action we shall take.”

The secret life of bats

Friday, December 16th, 2011

It's a snowy day here in the UES office

To cope with the lack of insects present during winter bats are able to hibernate. They can survive for months on the fat stores they have built up during the summer. During October bats seek suitable hibernation sites, and begin periods of torpor. Bats choose these sites (often called hibernacula) to provide the optimum environment for their hibernation.

Bats often hibernate in disused buildings, old trees or caves, where the temperate is generally below 10°C and remains constant. Hibernating is a state of inactivity characterised by a lower metabolic rate, slower breathing and a drop in body temperature almost to that of the surrounding environment. Once they have entered hibernation they are defenceless against danger, as it takes half an hour or more for a bat to revert back to its normal alertness after being woken. Bats continue to hibernate throughout winter until the weather warms in March / April, when they begin to come out of hibernation and are hungry and active.

Bats are protected by UK and European legislation therefore any action or development which has the potential to impact on bats or their habitats must be carried out under a European Protected Species (EPS) licence issued by Natural England. Bat surveys must be conducted to provide information on the type and number of bats which will be affected, how the bats use the site and what impact your development will have on any bats using the area.


Tiny Christmas Island pipistrelle bats near extinction

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The independent newspaper have reported that the Christmas island pipistrelle bat is near extinction with only 20 bats remaining, under the bark of one tree on Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia. Experts have differing opinions on the best way to preserve the species.

Read the full article on the links below.

Or some basic info on bats here