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5 minutes ago, AnonymousBosch said:

I cannot remember when last I saw a hedgehog in Lancashire

Because they get poisoned when they eat Great Crested Newts.

I see lots of badgers 'sleeping' on the side of the roads.

When I worked in London, my Sales Manager had to pick me up as we were going to the very exciting plastics show at NEC.

I told her to drive up the M40 to High Wycombe, wiggle though the town and take the road past Hughenden Manor, turn right by the pub, then left at the end of the road towards Chequers Estate.  Eventually you find Aylesbury.

She was amazed at the amount of road kill, or supper, as she assumed us swedes called it.

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7 minutes ago, AnonymousBosch said:

Brilliant.

I cannot remember when last I saw a hedgehog in Lancashire. Maybe 20 years ago? More? 

I mainly see squashed ones, three in the last month.

In a way it's reassuring to know they are still about, especially as two of the dead were in urban areas of South Bristol

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3 minutes ago, willbish said:

were in urban areas of South Bristol

Where they cleaning up the food waste in St. Pauls?

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9 hours ago, NSS said:

Just had our first motion trigger. No hedgehog so not sure what triggered it as I'm pretty sure the dried mealworm I put out were dead. 

Apparently they shouldn't be fed mealworms for the same reason as not feeding them peanuts. I can't imagine a few mealworms or peanuts in their diet would cause serious problems. Another important requirement for hedgehogs is a place where they can drink. We have a large, 350mm diameter, heavy saucer which the birds and hedgehog use.

http://www.hedgehog-rescue.org.uk/feeding.php

 

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Seems that Badgers will eat Hedgehogs so I've had to deploy a couple of coppers to guard Hog House.

 

 

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Can't remember the last time I saw even a squashed hedgehog let alone a real one and we're very rural. 

 

Badgers and foxes are a daily sight though. 

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We're definitely not rural. The boundary of our plot (effectively a back garden plot) is bordered by a total of 8 other detached properties. Nearest 'green space' is a graveyard about 200m away. We also get foxes, though not seen any in the back garden for a while, and knew we had hedgehogs visiting but the badger was a real shock - not least because Mrs NSS woke me screaming "BADGER, WE'VE GOT A BADGER" at 1.15am this morning!

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7 minutes ago, NSS said:

We're definitely not rural. The boundary of our plot (effectively a back garden plot) is bordered by a total of 8 other detached properties. Nearest 'green space' is a graveyard about 200m away. We also get foxes, though not seen any in the back garden for a while, and knew we had hedgehogs visiting but the badger was a real shock - not least because Mrs NSS woke me screaming "BADGER, WE'VE GOT A BADGER" at 1.15am this morning!

 

 

Sort of the antithesis of our discovery that we had a visiting otter.  In our case, I was puzzled by piles of poo in the garden, mentioned it to the chap that was doing our hard landscaping, who promptly picked the poo up, crumbled it between his fingers, smelt it and pronounced calmly that it was otter spraint.  As I was holding two mugs of tea at the time I declined his offer to have a smell of the stuff...

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No chance of hedgehogs where I live unless they learn to swim.... plenty of otters,  they used to come into the garden but stopped when I moved in as we have dogs. Visitors from the sky are quite exciting with a golden eagle about 70 meters above the house two days ago and two peregrine falcons looking for lunch today. Tawny and barn owls out most nights and a regular fly by from sea eagles looking for dead sheep. I am about as rural as you could imagine......

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3 minutes ago, Cpd said:

No chance of hedgehogs where I live unless they learn to swim.... plenty of otters,  they used to come into the garden but stopped when I moved in as we have dogs. Visitors from the sky are quite exciting with a golden eagle about 70 meters above the house two days ago and two peregrine falcons looking for lunch today. Tawny and barn owls out most nights and a regular fly by from sea eagles looking for dead sheep. I am about as rural as you could imagine......

Mrs NSS is asking if she can come and visit, please 😁

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Current, slightly unusual visitors are the buzzards for the last few years. Sonetimes one, sometimes 3. I must be used to them now as this year I haven't looked up every time I hear them. They are HUGE and ride the valley thermals I guess.

 

What I cannot get used to is the parakeets that have finally reached us in the last couple of years. The noise they make is totally alien to me.  

 

The sparrowhawks continue to take their toll on the wood pigeons. I'd rather they thinned the parakeets out tbh! Various other owls and birds of prey.

 

Haven't had the cockchafers bouncing off the windows at night yet. 

 

We'll have 2 or 3 badgers at a time. Used to stand on the patio with my lad in my arms and scatter peanuts which they would eat at my feet. Foxes...I've had 7 within 10-20' of me some years back whilst I stood holding my daughter in my arms. Got it on video somewhere...

 

I'd love an otter though.

 

 

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Hogwatch update: Night 5 and a regular pattern is emerging as our prickly friend has arrived each night sometime between 10.40pm and 11.50pm, and then passes back in the opposite direction between 4am and 4.50am. Last night it ventured inside the house for the first time (lured by a few mealworm). No sign of the badger since the first night. 

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9 hours ago, NSS said:

Hogwatch update: Night 5 and a regular pattern is emerging as our prickly friend has arrived each night sometime between 10.40pm and 11.50pm, and then passes back in the opposite direction between 4am and 4.50am. Last night it ventured inside the house for the first time (lured by a few mealworm). No sign of the badger since the first night. 

In June the hedgehogs turned up before it got dark and we sat outside and watched them. As you say they seem to a have a routine. Ours trundle round the garden have something to eat and drink and then disappear into the verge on the other side of the lane.

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Interesting that others have spotted a regular pattern to hedgehog activities.  We have one that triggers the wildlife camera by wandering across the lawn every evening at around 11pm, then wanders back about 2 hours later.  Unfortunately the camera usually only gets a glimpse of it in the distance.  There's some evidence that it uses the path around the back of the house (droppings) so I'm guessing it may come in through the hedge between us and our neighbour.

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On 17/08/2019 at 20:36, NSS said:

... for our visiting hedgehogs 🦔

A week ago or so I finally made an abode for our hedgehog. I made it a similar design to yours but used old wooden gravel boards. A hedgehog went into it the first night to investigate and last night spent an hour or so taking dried leaves in. At 6.23 this morning it went in and hasn't come out yet so I guess it's content. I'll put the camera out early this evening to see what time it comes out.

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Spookily we commented that we have not seen hedgehogs round here (probably all drowned!) but last night found one scuttling along the roadside when I walked the dog.

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On 18/08/2019 at 20:29, ProDave said:

We need to know the cost per square metre of this new house.


the distinct lack of windows should keep the passive house warriors happy 😃 

Airtightness might be an issue though. 

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13 minutes ago, NSS said:

Still adding insulation 😉

 

Next we'll see a roll of airtightness tape in his mouth … :D

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7 hours ago, NSS said:

Still adding insulation 😉

We filled our hedgehog home with hay but he still took in mouthfulls of leaves. They're never happy unless they can tweak things a bit, must be catching.

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51 minutes ago, PeterStarck said:

We filled our hedgehog home with hay but he still took in mouthfulls of leaves. They're never happy unless they can tweak things a bit, must be catching.

We did the same Peter. He/she has been sleeping in the house for several weeks, after initially adding leaves to the hay we'd provided. Last night we had a our first frost of the year and for ten minutes (just before 3.30am) he was in and out every 30 seconds or so with mouthfuls of leaves. 

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7 minutes ago, NSS said:

We did the same Peter. He/she has been sleeping in the house for several weeks, after initially adding leaves to the hay we'd provided. Last night we had a our first frost of the year and for ten minutes (just before 3.30am) he was in and out every 30 seconds or so with mouthfuls of leaves. 


he’ll be adding “thermal mass” ;) 

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25 minutes ago, Barney12 said:


he’ll be adding “thermal mass” ;) 

I think it was more like thermal moss 😉

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