effects of slug pellets

Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we're beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of this century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin."


Dick Irwin, toxicologist at Texas A&M Universities




Slug pellets and pesticides kill slugs and insects because they are poisonous. That poison means they suffer a very painful death, do not use them. These insects and slugs do not eat to annoy you they eat to survive. The poison ensures a painful and slow death. It can be passed onto larger animals that eat them and go right through the food chain. The poison will end up in our water table when it rains. Whilst that may sound extreme  it is not. We must protect our planet and maintain the balance. We can still progress but must strive to fine greener solutions to everyday issues. If we all do just that little extra everyday we are working to wards a greener planet. What have you done oday to make a differnce





hog skullMany of our most precious native creatures feed off these cute beasts so why not encourage them to frequent your garden and help balance our environment.

Hedgehogs will help keep your slug population under control, just a shallow bowl of water and an alternate meat based  food supply will keep them with you.
Birds are also another predator of the slug and can be encourage into your garden with bird seed and a water suply

Beer traps are an organic option to pesticides: they are a container sunk in the ground with beer in it.

Grapefruit skin are another alternative : Put his on the ground like a dome and remove slugs daily and put somewhere else


The British Hedgehog Preservation Society say

Slug pellet confusion

Recently we have received letters and calls of concern from members and carers who have seen Bio Mini Slug Pellets advertised using pictures of hedgehogs.  We are worried that people may think this means the pellets cannot harm hedgehogs.  The pellets concerned made by PBI Homes & Gardens contain an ingredient called metaldehyde; we have post mortem reports of hedgehogs that have died from ingesting this chemical and believe that it does pose a threat to hedgehogs.  We were approached by a representative of PBI Home & Gardens to endorse this product and refused because we believe the pellets pose a threat to hedgehogs.  We explained this in our letter to the representative, enclosing copies of the aforementioned post mortem reports.

We, along with other concerned individuals and groups have written to the Advertising Standards Agency and Trading Standards voicing our fears.  Letters have also been written to the stores where such promotions have been seen, and in response B&Q have said “The 'hedgehog friendly' claim made on the product packaging does not meet B&Q standards; hence B&Q will develop an action plan with our suppliers to delete this phrase from the packaging on a rolling programme. 


about us

We are a Small Wildlife Charity that this year will respond to over 1600 wildlife rescues. Each year this number increases along with our costs. We care, treat, and rehabilitate all of our British wildlife.


We originally started supporting local vets and now receive wildlife from the public . We are available seven days a week for advice and admissions. We are sometimes able to collect and rescue wildlife in a variety of unusual situations.


Our primary goal is to simply give these creatures a second chance.


Much of our wildlife, when it comes into contact with man, obtains injuries that are not in themselves life threatening. However, in the wild a lack of food and an inability to protect yourself can and often does mean the end.



A creature with a relatively simple injury can rest and be fed and is easily returned to the wild where it belongs. Imagine breaking your leg and not being able to feed because you can't get to Sainsbury's, or worse, becoming someone's dinner before you die......... Sounds ridiculous but not if you are a wild animal.


We treat a multitude of injuries including serious injuries such as road traffic accident with internal complications and many broken limbs.


Our goal is to return all our injured wildlife to the wild where they belong and we are extremely successful.

We have over the last few years hand reared many orphaned creatures such as tiny wrens and magnificent fawns with everything in between. This is a very rewarding and vital part of our work. Not only are these programs successful but also it enabled us to study these animals more closely giving us knowledge and education that can be shared with other organizations. This knowledge is used to increase our successes, improve our care program and better understand the needs and nature of the species.


We address or should be say redress the natural balance.


education education education education education


As well as working on the front line we give talks and show our stunning wildlife to a variety of groups and schools - Wildlife Rocks Me Talks. We believe that a better understanding of these creatures will promote not only tolerance but a willingness to integrate them into our lives.


Children will become the custodians of our planet and we hope, through our talks, will have a better understanding of and take an interest in our wonderful wildlife as they take on that ultimate role.


We raise funds by donations, our newsletter, attending County Shows, Car boot sales, selling on eBay, Fairs, and our shop.


There are many ways you can help us


See if you can help us by clicking here - Can You Help Us . From hands on volunteering to clicking at home we need all sorts of help and all sorts of people to join our small and crazy team.


why we do it

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance on the beach, and so he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean READ MORE


How we started


Whilst out walking with my dog in the early 1980's I found a small hedgehog stuck in a fence. He was too fat to go through and his prickles wouldn't let him go back.

He had been pushing so long in an attempt to free himself that the wire had cut into his body and his leg was bleeding where he had pushed and pushed against the ground. I had in my handbag a pair of pliers (no surprise to anyone who knows me) I cut the wire and removed the hedgehog READ MORE


please donate here

Help us to help the wildlife we care for by donating here. Click on the button below. Just one sachet of cat food feeds a baby hedgehog for a day



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Foxes in Your Garden

Foxy Deterrents

Fox Hunting

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Give a Hog a name

Hazel's Travels to Peru

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Who are you killing with slug pellets
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Wildlife Rocks Me Annual Event
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Wildlife Gardens
Wish List
1,000 Grebes Killed



our wonderful team

To find out a little about the people that run our rescue Click here Our Team


long term goals

Our long term goal is to set up an exciting Education Centre for school and groups ·with a fully equipped 24 hours wildlife hospital with full time vets and ambulances. Anyone able to help with this progress this in relation to land and finance should contact Anne for more detail on. [email protected]



We are run totally by volunteers. Our volunteers are dedicated and come from a wide range of backgrounds and all bring something special to our team.


We are always looking for more volunteers to carry out some of the roles below.

If you have some spare time and would like to help us in some area please fill out the following form and return it to [email protected] and we will be in contact with you.

As well as helping with animal care, there are other volunteering opportunities.

Maybe you could collect injured animals in your area when needed and bring them into us.


Perhaps you have experience in fundraising or PR and you can help raise awareness of our charity through local and national media?

Maybe you have strong administration skills.

If you think that you have the skills to help us then please complete the form on this page. Volunteers

We are sorry but we cannot take anyone under the age of 18.

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