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.
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.
Watch out! Animals on the roads
We see more injured wild animals coming into our care, who have been involved in road traffic accidents, as the nights grow longer.
Road traffic accidents involving deer (PDF 604KB) are especially common during the rut, which can occur from mid-July to December (depending on the species)
Take note of warning signs, drive with extreme caution (especially early morning and evening) and report collisions with deer to the police.
Grey seal pups on the beach
September to December is the breeding season for grey seals. Pups are born with a fluffy white coat and don’t enter the sea for the first two to three weeks.
Don’t approach a seal pup on it's own, 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.
Fireworks and bonfires during the festive season
Build bonfires as close to time of lighting as possible, and check them thoroughly for animals before lighting, this can help save the lives of hedgehogs and other small animals.
Loud fireworks can be terrifying for animals but there are things you can do. Find out more about animals and fireworks.
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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