Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by steveindenmark, 18 May 2018 at 09:26.
Hedgehogs. Are they becoming rare? I have only seen 2 this year. A live one and his flat mate.
There is a jokes thread O_o
It may be my age but I am worried about where these mammals have to live nowadays - there is so much development that they are being forced closer and closer to human habitation that the 'flat mate' bit may be more and more likely.
this from someone who lives in Milton Keynes
We know hedgehogs are not very good at crossing the road so it is interesting to note that hedgehog populations have fallen from 30 million in 1950 to 1 million today, whist vehicle numbers have increased during that same time span from 2 million to 35 million. !
but seriously though, it's intensive agriculture which has created a massive loss of habitat along with modern chemicals that reduce the pests that damage the crops, these pests were in many cases the hedgehogs food.
basically too many people have left no room at the inn for little Mr Hedgehog.
Two things people can do straight away that will help are:
Stop using slug pellets.
Make some sort of small 'hedgehog hole' if your garden is surrounded by fences. We have one panel that provides this and it helps the hogs have a large enough territory to survive.
We have several visiting our suburban garden. We feed them a proprietary hedgehog food (no milk!) with a few mealworms. Anything they miss, the birds eat.
My next door neighbour in Kent's Hill frequently had hedgehogs in the back garden
Used to have two visit our back garden, we'd leave mealworms and enjoy watching them. Not seen any this year but have spotted some poo. They are in decline.
Only usually see squished, dead ones these days which is a shame.
I'll bore you with hog fights ...
Easy to make a feeder if you want to encourage them in your garden.
I've no idea if hedgehogs are creatures of habit, but at about dusk one routinely wanders past my caravan.
It follows the route of the small stream, and seems to like the margin of the bank and where my cut grass ends.
In a previous place we regularly had hedgehogs in our suburban garden.
Am in the city now (Bristol), and don't recall seeing any. A badger used to visit our garden though, but seems to have stopped now - hope he's ok even if we're no longer having plant pots pulled over and bulbs dug up. Similarly a, presumably different, badger visits a mate who lives fairly near, but still properly in town. Foxes we get loads of of course.
On a ride last week I saw at least 5 squished hodgehegs. Sad really.
I reckon Reiver has it - so many hedgehogs are killed on the roads that it is badly affecting the population.
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