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Hedgehog population decline.

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Greg1983, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. Greg1983

    Greg1983 Busy Member

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    Just watching the news and a warning issued, our little garden dwelling critters are becoming more scarce :(
    I think the last one I seen was around 4 years ago.. Leaving for work at 5:30am and I was surprised to find one on my door step :) oddly I lived in a street house area with no gardens so I picked him/her up and took it 20mins away to the parks field :)
     
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    I had one nest in the dead leaves under one of my beech hedges last year, Four young ones and the Badgers tore them all to bits. Sad tale!!
     
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    Its a shame to hear of their numbers declining, they asked that garden owners leave small openings in their fences to try helping them breed, am guessing with people pest proofing gardens its making it harder for them to get about from garden to garden to breed and multiply :( they do good for a garden as they eat the slugs and other bugs.
     
  4. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    Funny was only just talking about not seeing many around the other day, not good lovely little things:(
     
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    don`t suppose any of the greenies have thought about considering that animals that eat them are increasing, they prefer to blame "modern farming and pesticide use", pesticides used now are like bloody water compared to what was used 20 years ago
     
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    Jeremy Clarkson reckons the decline is due to badgers eating them but I know it's because of people from the Black Country (Tiptoner's) :p
     
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    When I was a boy, I would regularly see them in gardens and sometimes parks ~ I can't remember that last time I saw one.
    Great shame :(
     
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    I have an orphaned hedgehog in a cage in my garden at present.

    As soon as I feel he's ready I'll be releasing him back into the wild. :)



    All the best Mick
     
  9. Greg1983

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    We used to have them in my back garden many years ago when I was a kid, also the local parks had loads of them out and about foraging on a night time, always used find the odd one here and there when retrieving the football out the hedgerows.
    As for the badger theory we don't have any in the local parks so I can't see them being the cause of their decline in my area.
     
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    The wife sent me out to feed one on the back lawn last night.
    turned out to be a upside down plastic plant pot that had blown in.(should have gone to specsavers)
     
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    Lol ~ just for future reference, here's what a real one looks like :D cheers:up:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Had 3 sightings of them in my village in the last month. All within 500m radius so it might have been the same one. 2 of the sightings were in the middle of the day and they were crossing roads. The first one I stood in the rood to make sure it go across OK and the second one about 5 people did the same thing.

    Shows there is love for the Hedgehog out there :)
     
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    You have to be quick to see this one ...... [​IMG]
     
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    dont see many at now were once commonplace neil82 hit the nail right on the head
     
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    I saw one last year, spotted him about 3 days on the trot in my front garden late at night.
    Sadly not seen him since :(
     
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    Press-ups or a headbanger?
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    Little visitor we had last night ... loves cat food with a side helping of boiled egg :)

    [​IMG]
     
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    When I was younger hedgehogs were plentiful in our village, then there seemed to be a boom in concrete stumps and gravel boards, preventing there free movement from one garden to another, this must have an impact, also gardens were tidied up with lawns and boarders, then new roads and house building, the only hedgehogs I've seen in the last ten years have been whilst out fishing late into the evening in other areas, shame but they are in massive decline around here now.
     
  19. Donki Oaty

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    Not only Jeremy Clarkson but Chris Packham said badgers eat hedgehogs too on Springwatch.
     
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    I used to see them on the garden at night but haven't seen one in quite a few years :(

    I had one that got in to my garage with a carrier bag full of leaves! It came out in the middle of winter and scared the bejaysus out of me when I was on my lathe! Saw the movement out of the corner of my eye!!

    When I'd calmed down and realised that it was hungry, I went and nicked the cats grub and put it under the bench then turned the light off! It had been scoffed by the next day!!

    We used to get bats flying round the house too just as it was going dark in summer months :up:



    John:)
     

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