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 Post subject: HEDGEHOGS
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:49 pm 
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Our hogs are in national decline - PTES needs more information about their emergence from hibernation. 'Citizen Science' is the only way to gain info. quickly. If you are willing to look out for these endangered & unique mammals, please sign up to PTES Hedgehog Survey to be found in their Hedgehog Street campaign - a trail camera would be invaluable. Please join. Jean & Graham


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 Post subject: Re: HEDGEHOGS
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:11 pm 
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What hope do hodgehegs have in today's urban environment? Surely their replacement rate cannot keep up with roadkill, early emergence or not?

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 Post subject: Re: HEDGEHOGS
PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:10 am 
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It's not so much road kill as land usage, Mike. Road kill usually tells us that there are quite a few about. The big problem is that so many garden pesticides are used by untrained people (especially slug pellets), leaving molluscs to wander & expire. The other bane in urban gardens is fences & dogs, the two being mutual. This causes fragmentation of the hogs & other wildlife's foraging territories. Hedges are removed, seen as too much work, & close mowed grass in open spaces are not :? The farmers, too, remove foraging opportunities at the base of hedges for hog invertebrate food to thrive. But the purpose behind the survey is to persuade more people to be aware of the valuable job that hogs do & manage their land for all wildlife benefit. Here's hoping! Jean & Graham


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