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Neighbour killed our hedgehogs

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    We had a lovely family of hedgehogs that visited our garden every night. We had 3 babies and 1 adult. We leave food out for them, they show up as soon as it becomes dark. They have been regularly for the last month. My neighbours grandson was helping us do the front garden today and he said his grandad had trapped and killed the hedgehogs.. I’m so angry we loved having hedgehogs in our garden. What should I do about it. I have no proof he killed them other than the fact his grandkid has let it slip. He doesn’t know I know. Really don’t know what I can do.


    This is a video of the hedgehogs we where so lucky to have them and waited to fees them every night. We are so gutted

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    Hi Austron

    That is so sad and terrible.

    I would contact BHPS 01584 890801 but also the RSPCA (sorry don’t have that number) and discuss it with them, as soon as possible. If it is true there may still be evidence. It may even need the police to be involved, but speak to BHPS asap. Do you trust that the grandson was telling the truth. What sort of age, etc. If it is true it is illegal. If it isn’t the grandson needs educating.


    I would phone the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999, if you are in England or Wales , or SSPCA on 0300 099 9999 if you are in Scotland.

    The sooner they can investigate the better .

    How horrible for you to have to do this , good luck and keep us posted .


    We have just spoken to the neighbour and he has said he didn’t mean to catch it and he was after a rat. So I’m not going to take this further. Will sit out tonight and see if any are about

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    Hi Austron

    I’m not sure whether that means a hedgehog was actually killed, or not. It is actually against the law to trap and kill a hedgehog, even if it was by mistake. The person who sets any trap is responsible for making sure that it is set in such way that a hedgehog or any other species protected by the law is not killed. I can understand that you may not wish to take it further, but your neighbour needs to be made aware of the law, to ensure that it doesn’t happen again and how serious it really is.

    If an adult hedgehog was killed and it had dependant young, they will need help if they are to survive. So you will need to keep a careful look out for any youngsters. The best thing to do is to ring the number I gave above for the BHPS and find your nearest hedgehog carer, then you can speak to them about any youngsters (in advance), if necessary.

    I am so sorry that this happened to you and your hedgehog visitors. It must be very difficult for you, both emotionally and practically. I hope that some hedgehogs visit tonight. Good luck and let us know how things go.

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