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Seasonal advice for autumn

As temperatures drop and it gets dark earlier, we receive many calls about the welfare of pets and wildlife. Check out our top tips to keeping animals safe and warm in autumn.

Outdoor pets

Owners of outdoor pets, such as rabbits or guinea pigs, should provide extra bedding and be prepared to move them into a shed or garage for extra shelter during cold spells.

Seasonal Canine Illness 

Read information and advice for dog owners about this illness.

Keeping safe in the dark

Always wear reflective clothing to make yourself visible when walking near roads in the dark. And don't forget your pets! Fit your dog and cat with a reflective collar - but make sure only a quick release collar is used for a cat.

Deer on roads

Road accidents involving deer are common throughout the year, but especially during the rut, which can occur from mid-July to December (depending on the species). 

Drivers should take note of deer warning signs, drive with extreme caution (especially early morning and evening) and report collisions to the police. Read Road traffic accidents involving deer (PDF 604KB).

Don't try to handle an injured deer - find out what to do if you find an injured deer.

Grey seal pupping

The breeding season for grey seals is September to December. Pups are born with a fluffy white coat and don’t enter the sea for the first two to three weeks. 

Don’t approach seals, or allow dogs or other animals to harass them as they can give a nasty bite! And, if a seal pup is scared into the water, it could be washed out to sea and become lost.

Find out what to do if you find a seal pup alone.

Fireworks and bonfires during the festive season

This Bonfire night building bonfires as close to time of lighting as possible, and checking them thoroughly for animals before lighting, can help save the lives of hedgehogs and other small animals.

Domestic pets, farm animals and wildlife can all suffer from loud fireworks. Find out more about animals and fireworks.

Bat alert!

Bats look for suitable hibernation sites around October. Pipistrelles are the most likely to roost in buildings during winter. Bats and their roosts are protected by law in the UK - so you must not disturb or harm them in any way. Find out more about bats and the law on www.bats.org.uk.

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