Mrs Sandy Moore of the Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society paid a return visit to College on Monday morning to speak to students in Stenning and the 6th Form Biologists and Environmental students on the conservation value and ecological importance of hedgehogs to the Isle of Man. Detailing the problems for young hoglets and hedgehogs of surviving a winter period of dormancy where their heart rate falls from 190 to just 20 beats per minute Mrs Moore gave sound advice about what to do if students found a hedgehog and how to help them through the winter. The students heard that hedgehogs are a gardeners friend being voracious feeders of garden slugs but are endanger of being poisoned where blue slug pellets are used, a message the students took on board.
U6th former Will Corlett also met with Mrs Moore to discuss the early findings of his road kill survey this autumn. Will is looking for sightings of any hedgehog, polecat, wallaby or hare either alive or dead on the island's roads until the end of November. He simply needs to know the location; the date and time it was seen and the animal. If hedgehogs can be classified as either juveniles (up to grapefruit size) or adults (pineapple) even better. Please send sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org