2007-01-04 16:49:16 UTC
Definitely not what Scottish Natural Heritage claim!Great news. My money was well spent.
This CON cost the tax payer, and members of the public a fortune. No
one wanted the slaughter of those animals, but the RSPB and SNH
bulldozed it through without a care in the world. Not to mention the
fact, that it was never proven the hogs were to blame for the wader
declines in the first place. Apart from historic variations in wader
populations, there has been no change at all!
Uist Hedgehog Rescue
Uist Hedgehog Rescue (UHR) is made up (alphabetically) of Advocates
for Animals, British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Hessilhead
Wildlife Rescue Trust and International Animal Rescue. Together we
have organised a rescue in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 when the Uist
Wader Project (UWP) was killing hedgehogs. UWP is made up
(alphabetically) of RSPB Scotland, the Scottish Executive, and
Scottish Natural Heritage. During the rescues we have saved over 750
hedgehogs from the clutches of the killers and relocated them safely
to the mainland where they have been released into the wild. We have
already had reports of relocated Uist hedgehogs being spotted near
their release sites with young the following year.
Totals updated 31st May 2006
2003 2004 2005 2006
UHR 150 221 242 143
UWP 66 263 181 148
UWP continue to insist that it is kinder to kill the animals than to
relocate them. Hugh Warwick, a BHPS trustee, addressed this argument
in a study undertaken by BHPS and reported his findings in a BHPS
newsletter. He wrote:
What happens to hedgehogs when they are rescued from the Uists? If we
are to believe Scottish Natural Heritage, the people responsible for
culling the hedgehogs in an attempt to protect ground-nesting birds,
they all die slow and lingering deaths.
We have always felt that this was untrue. Nothing in the wide
experience of BHPS members and affiliated scientists has suggested
that this might happen. But repetition by SNH has given the statement
So the BHPS has undertaken a study to look at the fate of the
translocated animals. Earlier this year 20 female hedgehogs, rescued
from the Uists, were collected from the Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue
Trust. After a thorough health check and radio-transmitters being
attached, they were released in Eglinton Country Park, North Ayrshire,
where they were monitored every day for a month. This was plenty of
time for the animals to show signs of suffering and starvation.
And the results? They behaved just like normal hedgehogs. While some
died, most survived and either maintained or put on weight, the best
measure of a successful rehabilitation. Of those that died, some
suffered accidents and some were eaten, but there was no evidence of a
Amazingly, given that the release site was near busy roads, none of
these hedgehogs were run over, despite some pretty dangerous living.
One hog crossed the busy B-road at least eight times, and another
crossed ten lanes of traffic at a chaotic interchange one night, to
emerge in an industrial park, where she stayed for the remainder of
There was nothing in this study to support the statements repeated by
SNH as to the fate of Uist hedgehogs and we hope that it might go some
way to helping them reconsider their position on the cull.
How can I help Uist Hedgehog Rescue?
Write and let the people responsible for the killing know your
Contact SNH expressing your disgust at the unnecessary killing of
healthy hedgehogs on the Uists.
Ask that the hedgehogs be relocated to the mainland instead.
Andrew Thin, Board Chairman, SNH, 12 Hope Terrace, Edinburgh,
Scotland, UK, EH9 2AS;
Tel: 0131 446 2202; Fax: 0131 446 2278;
Contact the Scottish Executive and RSPB Scotland expressing your
disgust at their support of the unnecessary
killing of healthy hedgehogs on the Uists. Ask that the hedgehogs be
relocated to the mainland instead.
Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for the Environment and Rural Development,
Scottish Executive, Rural Affairs Department, Pentland House, 47
Robb's Loan, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, EH14 1TY;
Tel: 0131 556 8400; Fax: 0131 244 4458;
Mr Stuart Housden, Director, RSPB Scotland, Dunedin House, 25
Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh, Scotland,
UK, EH4 3TP;
Tel: 0131 311 6500; Fax: 0131 311 6569;
Donate to Uist Hedgehog Rescue
Donate, every penny really does help.
If you are eligible, please tick the gift aid box, as this means we
can claim and extra 28p for every £1 you donate from the Inland
Revenue at no extra cost to you!
Sponsor BHPS member, Pavel Stroev, ran in the Edinburgh Marathon for
Uist Hedgehog Rescue in June 2006.
You can still support Pavel by sponsoring him.
There are three easy ways to sponsor Pavel:
On-line: at www.justgiving.com/hedgehogs
By post: Send a cheque or postal order, clearly marking the envelope
PAVEL STROEV SPONSORSHIP, to BHPS Hedgehog House, Dhustone,
Shropshire, SY8 3PL.
By telephone: simply call 01584 890 801 and use a credit or debit card
again making sure we know your donation is to sponsor Pavel!
Become a member of BHPS.
The more members we have, the more pressure we can put on the groups
responsible for the killing.
Your support also means we can afford to continue with our rescue, and
keep you up to date with developments.
Annual single membership of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
is just £7.50 so if you havent already joined,
why not join today?
Sign the on-line petition
Take a few minutes to sign the on-line petition against the cull that
has been created at
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