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Hedgehogs near extinction

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 16:57

After advice on here that any small hedgehogs (less than 650g or small enough to fit into your hand) should be rescued at this time of year and taken to a hedgehog rescue centre as they just won't be big enough to make it through the winter hibernation, I took along two very small hedgehogs to my local centre last night.  A lovely lady there has taken them and will over-winter them, feed them up and then release them next Spring.  She informed me that hedgehogs were on the Endangered Species list for some time, but that they have now moved onto the Near Extinct list.  I had no idea they were in such trouble.  You can find a local carer for small or injured hedgehogs at http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/carers.htm - this is a limited list but they might be able to point you in the right direction.  You can also try  www.thehedgehog.co.uk or ask on http://www.hedgehoghelp.co.uk/.  I found a local carer in the Yellow Pages. Poor old hedgehogs have hardly anything to eat these days now that gardens are so neat and insects are nowhere near as plentiful as plentiful as they used to be, and then we also lose so many of them on our roads. For anyone who is interested in helping their local hedgehogs, they really like dried mealworms or cat biscuits (especially chicken flavoured) and often need a bowl of water as they get very thirsty (not bread and milk as this is very bad for them).  The lady at the rescue centre last night told me that if they are in trouble and are injured or ill, ginger biscuits are very good for them as they settle the stomach and provide them a source of good, quick energy, although they shouldn't be used for healthy hedgehogs.  In a lot of areas hedgehogs haven't hibernated yet and this is their last chance to fatten up so that they can make it through the winter.  Thanks 

The mystery of the disappearing hedgehogs

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 16:41

Hi all you lovely hedgehog-loving people.  I found two very small hedgehogs in my garden last night (they both fit into one hand) and I used the links you provided to find my local hedgehog rescue centre.  A very lovely lady called Sadie has taken them in for the winter - she confirmed that they would have had no chance of surviving otherwise.  She also told me that hedgehogs have recently been moved from the Endangered List to the Near Extinct List, which made me sad.  Thanks for all your advice, as otherwise these hedgehogs would have certainly died - they were a lovely, healthy little boy and girl, almost certainly from the same litter 

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:55

That's about it sotongeoff!  Apart from this one had a yellow tummy. Little buggers!  I hope I don't regret my kindness in not squashing him when I inevitably see him in my garden soon...  I am in Bourne in Lincolnshire Jill - I will try to find where to update it. 

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 20:18

I'm always picking them up - putting them in the green bin or in the hedgehog bowls.  But this one was a bit too big even for me!  I was so tempted to tread on it, but I couldn't bring myself too so I just examined it and put it back down again ...

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 18:58

 me neither!

The mystery of the disappearing hedgehogs

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 18:56

Thanks for the useful links Derek and the info hoglady - although I am not sure that I would feel comfortable picking up little hedgehogs and taking them inside just yet.  I will certainly make a note of the websites though and if it gets much colder and they look particularly small I might reconsider.  I put out loads of hedgehog food, and am continuing to do this (mainly mealworms, so the birds eat them if not the hedgehogs) so hopefully they will have had load to eat round mine - I have seen some little (but fat looking) hedgehogs in the garden over the last week.  Like sotongeoff, even though I am really into wildlife I didn't know that slugs could be bad for hedgehogs - I I have been picking up any that I see and putting them in the hedgehog food bowls, thinking I am killing two birds with one stone, getting rid of the slugs and giving the hedgehogs a treat.  I do sincerely hope that that is not the reason for the disappearing hedgehogs!  Hopefully with the current return to organic gardening - either by those who care about the environment/wildlife, or those who are looking to cut costs - there will start to be a bit more natural food for wildlife in the coming years, and a bit of balance will be returned to nature.

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 18:45

I saw a slug on the pavement a couple of doors down from my house today that was so big that when I put it in my hand, it reached from where the palm joins the wrist, right up to the middle of my fingers.  It was the diameter of a banana!  I have never seen anything like it.  I am guessing that this is the dreaded Spanish Slug that I have read about that has invaded the UK and is wreaking havoc throughout the country - I can certainly see why!  God only knows how us organic gardeners are going to deal with these monsters...

shady plants

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 16:08

Hi - a couple of other lovely little plants I have grown in total shade and which have flowered all year since May and are still flowering now:

Corydalis - I have Kingfisher Blue and China Blue but there are other varieties.  They are about 20cms round and have 30cm flower spikes with many long, tube shaped sky blue flowers.  I believe that these are best planted at this time of year although I planted mine in Spring.  I think that there are also larger shurb sized varieties with yellow flowers.

Tiarella - I have Brushes but there are loads of other varieties.  They are about 20-30cms round with lovely spikes of flowers with multiple tiny flowers in a cone shape.  Mine are light pink, but I believe that they come in every shade from white to dark pink.  Again, plant now or in Spring.

Hope that helps.

shade

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 16:07

Hi - a couple of other lovely little plants I have grown in total shade and which have flowered all year since May and are still flowering now:

Corydalis - I have Kingfisher Blue and China Blue but there are other varieties.  They are about 20cms round and have 30cm flower spikes with many long, tube shaped sky blue flowers.  I believe that these are best planted at this time of year although I planted mine in Spring.  I think that there are also larger shurb sized varieties with yellow flowers.

Tiarella - I have Brushes but there are loads of other varieties.  They are about 20-30cms round with lovely spikes of flowers with multiple tiny flowers in a cone shape.  Mine are light pink, but I believe that they come in every shade from white to dark pink.  Again, plant now or in Spring.

Hope that helps.

Bird seed falling in pond

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 16:01

You'll be glad to hear that sanity has been restored and I have moved the feeder - I have also replaced one of the other feeders with the mother of all feeders - 12 feeding holes - instead of having one with a tray attached - so the pigeons can't eat from it.  Not looking to clearing out the rockery and pond mind you - I know what I am doing on Saturday

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