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Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:46

If badgers eat a hedgehog they leave the empty spiny skin as evidence.

upsetting sight

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:44

Nature red in tooth and claw.


How lucky you are to have toads spawning in your pond - it's a sight I've not seen in any number since I was a child when every year I would walk across the farm to an isolated pond in the middle of the fields where every year the toads would be laying their chains of spawn.  Wonderful. 

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:30

Just a heads up from a friend in Cyprus - she saw the first swallow of the season this morning - they're on their way back 


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:27

Some people expound the theory that badgers eat hedgehogs and this is the reason they are in decline - there are some people with an axe to grind against badgers - as far as I'm aware there is no evidential proof that this is the cause of the hedgehog decline.  In fact if hedgehogs were a major food source for badgers once the hedgehog declined in an area so would the badgers, which doesn't seem to be the case. 

This is interesting 


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:21

No probs Doc - I know it's very tempting to scratch an itch - but with your medical knowledge you know that results in a nasty little boil so best to ignore it along with the rest 

Have a lovely walk and birdwatch and report back on what you see - are you taking a camera and binoculars?

By the way, a friend in Cyprus saw the first swallow this morning - they're on their way back!!!!!!!!!!  Makes your heart glad doesn't it 

conflicting answers

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:18

Good luck 

There's an old saying. "Good fences make good neighbours!"  - hope it comes true for you. 


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 08:44

Chicky .... you have to pass Crocus on your way to work?????????  How do you ever get to work??????????????


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 08:43

One of the reasons for the decline in hedgehogs is the increase in solid panel fencing around gardens all over the country - hedgehogs need to roam over quite a large area to feed and also to meet up for 'socal activities

This site gives advice on how to make areas safe and habitable for hedgehogs - we've liaised with our neighbours and have little 'hedgehog gates' in the bottom of our fences so that hedgehogs can visit several gardens in the evenings. 


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 08:29

Good morning KEF   hope you enjoyed your birthday 

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