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V8Eng13/11/2018 14:13:02
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Posted by John Paton 1 on 13/11/2018 11:20:34:
Posted by Mick Charity on 13/11/2018 08:14:52:
Posted by V8Eng on 12/11/2018 23:03:28:

I have not seen a Hedgehog nearby for many years now.

Are you looking for them?

I bought a wildlife camera a few years back & soon discovered that our hedgehog visits approx 2.30am 4 or 5 times a week. We used to put a dish of dog food out for it but I'm not happy feeding the fox's who tend to come before midnight. We also spotted the rats who scoop up the fallen seed from the bird feeders, which we had to modify 'cos it's amazing what a rat can climb to get at food. Don't start me on the bird feeders, I have a 30sec clip of at least 30 Goldfinch's feeding yet my mate at work reckons there isn't 30 Goldfinch's in the whole country. I've yet to catch the Sparrowhawk scatterring them on camera, but I did witness just that when I last decorated the bedroom.

Yes its been a fantastic year for goldfinches across the country - I don't know why when other species are suffering. Does anyone know the answer?

Yes I am looking out for them, and I have a wildlife cam plus Some CCTV around, we love watching the wildlife in our garden which is kept wildlife friendly plus being quite wooded.

Unfortunately our area is becoming victim to creeping big house in walled / gated garden syndrome which seems unnatural and counterproductive to wildlife.

Mick Henshall13/11/2018 14:28:33
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Well said JP1, we try to keep our garden for wild life and are rewarded daily by their visits, next door has just bricked the whole front garden up so thats a bit more habitat gone, oh dear 🐦🦉🐝🐞🕸

Mick, also West Dorset

Martin King 213/11/2018 17:33:16
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Getting ready to go up to Windlesham after Xmas for a 2 day course on hedgehog management at a shelter supported by Brian May. Have to take photos of our garden (attached to a 1 acre paddock) with great access and hedges etc. Hope that we get the go ahead to foster some hoglets etc.

I rescued one off the road recently and took it to the vets, it fought bravely but sadly died, my missus and I were both gutted!

Cheers Martin

John Paton 113/11/2018 17:55:03
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I suddenly have visions of chaffinch nests across the land all beautifully and precisely lined with aluminum, copper and steel swarf because the model engineers are friendly but there is no moss in their neighbours Astroturf lawn!!

Martin, do feel free to PM me with any useful guff on Hedgehogs - I think our garden is pretty friendly for them (i have various small log pile areas against the garden wall and lots of leaves around) and we have at least one big fat fella visiting but I rarely see youngsters so would like to learn more.

Martin King 213/11/2018 18:09:46
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John, check your inbox

Martin

Jon13/11/2018 20:18:55
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Used to be working away then turn off the machine to hear scratching outside. Hedgehog crossing paving slabs then down past the garage and through side gate.

Have that concrete 1ft high slabs under fence and local woods is only 125 yards away.

Baz13/11/2018 20:29:54
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Delighted to say that I have a hedgehog hibernating in the garden and a family of newts in the pond and for the last five years starlings have nested in the garage roof.

Mikelkie13/11/2018 21:06:08
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i agree with Danny M, just can't understand why scientists and almost all politicians won't or cannot see it!

Edited By Mikelkie on 13/11/2018 21:06:38

Neil Wyatt13/11/2018 21:42:12
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Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 12/11/2018 14:02:58:
Posted by Ian S C on 10/11/2018 11:41:36:

If the Greenies get every thing they wish for, we will have quite a way to catch up with the cave man, because we won't even have fire to cook with or keep us warm----- Oh that's ok the warming temperature will help there.

Ian S C

Well, this graph shows one aspect of what worries Greenies:

extinctions.jpg

UK residents - when was the last time you saw a hedgehog?

Dave

I saw my first pine marten on Sunday! Crossed the road ahead of us.

My brother says he has seen up to three at a time raiding people's bins.

John Paton 113/11/2018 22:43:24
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/11/2018 21:42:12:
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 12/11/2018 14:02:58:
Posted by Ian S C on 10/11/2018 11:41:36:

If the Greenies get every thing they wish for, we will have quite a way to catch up with the cave man, because we won't even have fire to cook with or keep us warm----- Oh that's ok the warming temperature will help there.

Ian S C

Well, this graph shows one aspect of what worries Greenies:

extinctions.jpg

UK residents - when was the last time you saw a hedgehog?

Dave

I saw my first pine marten on Sunday! Crossed the road ahead of us.

My brother says he has seen up to three at a time raiding people's bins.

Where was your pine marten? I gather that two were found killed on the road in Dorset a few years back - when DNA tested they were found to have come from E Europe!!! Still it is nice to know there are some there, though I have yet to see one.

Michael Gilligan13/11/2018 23:04:07
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I'm a little worried that repetition of Dave's graph might be giving it more credibility than it deserves.

See my post, yesterday at 22:23:02

[quote] The explanatory note is important ! [/quote]

MichaelG.

Farmboy13/11/2018 23:20:36
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Basic principle of the Internet: If you repeat something often enough it eventually becomes true sarcastic

My original comment was really a sarcastic poke at journalists who come up with amazing "new" ideas that most of us have known about for centuries . . . but it has prompted some interesting discussions about a subject close to my heart, as a lover of the countryside and wildlife.

Mike.

Edited By Farmboy on 13/11/2018 23:30:52

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