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Post by freebird on 8th April 2019, 7:34 pm

Not here, but lucky enough to watch a barn owl hunting where we stay in Norfolk. No hedgehogs here. Best sightings have been (many years ago), skylarks on our lawn, presumably looking for food after weeks of snow, and last summer, a buzzard.

With the rate that red kites are spreading, I wouldn't be surprised if one turned up in the next few years. If we buy the property that we hope to, red kites will be daily visitors.

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Post by Dandelion on 8th April 2019, 7:35 pm

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With the rate that red kites are spreading, I wouldn't be surprised if one turned up in the next few years. If we buy the property that we hope to, red kites will be daily visitors.

How lovely!

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Post by Chilli-head on 29th July 2019, 9:30 pm

Sounds of amorous hedgehogs in the garden last night. A bit late in the season - I worry if there are any hoglets, they may not have time to gain enough weight before winter Crying or Very sad
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Post by Dandelion on 3rd August 2019, 3:47 pm

I don't often get excited by poo (!!) but this morning in the back garden I found hedgehog droppings. We saw a hedgehog trotting across the road when we moved in 17 years ago, but there haven't been any sightings since.

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Post by Ploshkin on 3rd August 2019, 3:54 pm

That's promising Dandelion. I've been perturbed not to find any hedgehogs in the lorry inspection pit this year - I check it every morning. There are usually a few during the summer months. I think hedgehogs, like other hibernators, May have had a hard time coming out during the warm weather in February when there was no food for them. They also have a hard time when it is very dry and the ground is hard, as it's been last year and this. They can't dig and they injure their snouts.
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Post by Dandelion on 3rd August 2019, 7:21 pm

That's so sad

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Post by Chilli-head on 7th September 2019, 9:37 pm

Another hedgehog sighting last night, out on the pavement up the road. We've seen one a few times this year, much better than many years when there has been no sign. I hope this is good news for the hoggie population.
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Post by Ploshkin on 8th September 2019, 10:41 am

I found an adult hedgehog in the lorry pit yesterday, it was a bit black and oily.  I put it in a cat basket filled with shavings and in a little chicken run with some water and cat food and put a cover over the top.  When it got dark I just opened the chicken run and about an hour later I could see it had gone having drunk some water (or paddled in it) and had some food.
Sadly, in the past couple of weeks my neighbour and I have each found a very poorly baby hedgehog (6 - 8 weeks old at a guess) in the green lane behind her house.  The one I found was lying on its back, had a puncture wound and was hypothermic.  I did what I could for it but it died a few hours later.  The other one didn't make it either.  I think the nest must have been found by a fox or badger.  I hope they had some luckier siblings.
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Post by Chilli-head on 8th February 2020, 12:34 pm

My plans for the day have been changed rather by the discovery of this chap in the middle of the lawn this morning.
Shouldn't be out, definitely not in daylight in such an exposed location. Alive warm and snoozing now, just taking him/her for a check up !
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Post by Chilli-head on 8th February 2020, 8:02 pm

Fingers crossed for the little guy, the hedgehog rescue didn't seem all that optimistic Sad
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Post by Dandelion on 8th February 2020, 9:28 pm

Oh no - was it too young and underweight?

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Post by Chilli-head on 8th February 2020, 10:23 pm

Not particularly small, but maybe disturbed, woken by high temperatures or something. Dehydrated and skinny, possibly been awake and looking for food for a week.
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Post by FloBear on 9th February 2020, 8:47 am

Oh dear. I guess at least he's in with a chance now.
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Post by Chilli-head on 9th February 2020, 1:14 pm

Sadly he didn't make it Sad
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Post by FloBear on 9th February 2020, 7:03 pm

What a shame, poor little hoggy.
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Post by Dandelion on 10th February 2020, 9:55 pm

Very sad xxx

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