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Help Protect Endangered Animals

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Help Protect Endangered Animals

Endangered Animals

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery is urging people to be more aware of what they can do to help prevent endangered animals from dying out. England is home to some magnificent animals which have become endangered over the years for a number of reasons.

These animals include the long-eared owl, the red grouse, bumblebees, the European otter, skylarks and red squirrels. Many of these animals have become close to extinction due to factors such as water pollution, destruction of habitat, hunting and road kill.


Julian Peters, owner of Ash Barn veterinary practice in Surrey, expressed his opinions by saying: "It is vital that everybody plays their part in trying to prevent endangered animals from dying out. We live in glorious Sussex and Surrey countryside and it is important that we try and care for our wildlife in whatever way possible."

The public can help local wildlife in many ways. Here are just a few examples and tips:

  • Take care when driving down country lanes. Animals such as foxes, hedgehogs, rabbits and deer will be more commonly sighted and are easily spooked by cars driving past and may stop in the middle of the road.
  • If possible, install a bird box in the garden and provide some easily accessible food. This is also a great way to appreciate the local species in Sussex.
  • When building bonfires, be sure to check for hedgehogs as they often create nests/burrows out of old leaves and logs which many people tend to use when lighting a bonfire.
  • Always pick up litter. Animals will not be able to differentiate what is good and bad for them. If they smell food, it will entice them to an area but hazards can appear in many ways such as bottle tops, food packaging and drinking cans. They may seem harmless to humans but these can be lethal to animals.
  • Be aware of what is in the garden. If piles of wood or logs have been collected during the winter, some animals may have used this to create shelter. If the wood is due to be moved, ensure checks for wildlife are carried out first.
  • Plant some flowers. Many flowers are renowned for attracting wildlife and helping bees. Plants that can help include foxgloves, sunflowers, forget-me-nots and mint.
  • Finally, appreciate the surroundings. We live in a beautiful place and many families enjoy taking long walks along forest trails and nature parks. Remember that these places are what wildlife call home so take care.

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902