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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

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Do cats pretty much leave them alone?
Ok each feline to himself, but ours like to play with them. When the hedgehog balls up, our cat likes to bat it around like a ball.
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Old 18.08.2014, 17:48
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

The only enemy of Hedgehogs are motor cars!

I`ve seen the resident Hedgehogs in my sons`garden eating and ignoring the cats (two overgrown monster cats). Not fazed at all. The cats were fazed with hair standing on end and attempting to look threatening, but calming down once Hedgies ignored them.

They do a lots poops, so you`ll know if the Hedgehog is back in your garden, or you`ll hear him/her crunching snails and slurping slugs at night.

Their poops are black and small. If you see poops with cherry stones in them, those belong to the Maarda creature (the one who enjoys chewing piping in autos).
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

I've often seen the cherry stone poops in the woods near where we live, and wondered what had deposited them. Now I know, thanks Smoky! (Luckily we don't have a car )

OP, it's good to have hedgehogs, they will help get rid of pests.
Here is an article from The Guardian, with some good advice..

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandst...r-garden-pests
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

If a hedgehog is an igel, then today I saw a billboard telling people to be careful with their small electric gardening tools such as weedwackers , hedge trimmers and the like as they put the igel at risk.
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

And now that Autumn is upon us, begin by raking up piles of leaves and creasting a mound in garden for them for over-wintering - it will fill with slugs for their snacking.
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And now that Autumn is upon us, .
I was rather hoping that we might have a bit of summer first.

Edot yes a hedgehog is ein Igel in German.
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Old 18.08.2014, 22:07
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

I love the igel signs. Almost as informative as the fornicating frog signs.
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What should I look for in and around the yard and bushes BEFORE I start up the lawn mower and weed eater???? I don't want to destroy habitat or possibly injure one of them.
For advise on Hedgehog friendly gardening, the group linked by Möpp upthread is a good resource.

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http://www.izz.ch/ (Tel: 044 362 02 03)

The Swiss penchant for sterile gardens without foliage is seriously hurting the hedgehog population; with everything so neat and tidy, there is nowhere for the hedgehogs to live. A hedgehog friendly garden needs a bit of mess - bushes, brambles, etc. to provide cover and refuge.
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Almost as informative as the fornicating frog signs.
You've piqued my curiosity.

I was going to google 'fornicating frogs' but then thought better of it, for fear of what the murky regions of t'internet might produce... so enlighten me, please. What, pray tell, is the 'fornicating frogs' sign?
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Old 19.08.2014, 07:16
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You've piqued my curiosity.

I was going to google 'fornicating frogs' but then thought better of it, for fear of what the murky regions of t'internet might produce... so enlighten me, please. What, pray tell, is the 'fornicating frogs' sign?

I'm sad to say I can't find it. However, in the spring, somewhere around Bäeretswil (near Hinwil) in the Zürich Oberland, there are signs warning drivers to take care - and it 's not the usual frog crossing, rather it mentions frog sex. I may have to drive around the Oberland next spring to scope it out.
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

Thanks very much for all of the replies. They were very helpful! I am happy to report that I was able to cut the grass this afternoon and I don’t believe any hedgehogs were hurt or killed. I went around the yard with a rake at the bottom of the bushes near where the mower would go to sort of stir things up and walked all over the yard before I fired up the mower.


meloncollie I must admit I WAS a bit shocked at the “tidy” what I always knew as English style gardens in the neighborhood. Manicured lawns, squared off bushes and styled/groomed rose bushes. Not at all what I was expecting. I suppose I like a happy medium. I don’t want my yard to be an eyesore and have neighbors complain or have issues with the landlord. Although truthfully I think he would be thrilled to have someone do SOMETHING with the area. However, I am a huge advocate of providing some merit be it shelter, food, source of water, etc. for native wildlife. Last place I lived I had two Martha Stewart style neighbors who were less than thrilled when I installed a Native Butterfly Garden in my yard. Guess it didn’t fit with their manicured rose bushes or expensive, flashy non-native plants. I do think they enjoyed the hummingbirds and butterflies once things took root.


From the one link (Thank you hannah’s aunite!) I could get to work it would seem that I have a lot of things in my yard that Mr./Mrs.Hedgehog prefer. Lots of slugs? Check! Snails? Yup have them too! Leaves and debris at the bottom of the bushes? Yup! Even have a corner of the yard that is a total mess of stuff! Will try to snap a photo of the creature the next time I see it.


Smoky what is a Maarda creature??? Still waiting for my vehicle to arrive but nice to know if there is something I need to be on the lookout in the future.
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

Smoky's Maarda is, I assume, a pine marten.

Here's one invading the pitch at a Swiss football match..

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m5CholqTZ3Q

Marder [Martens; stopping them damaging your car]?
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Smoky's Maarda is, I assume, a pine marten.

Here's one invading the pitch at a Swiss football match..

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=m5CholqTZ3Q

Marder [Martens; stopping them damaging your car]?

I have become disillusioned .... I used to enjoy to sit outside late at night, thinking "Oh what a lovely country .... no scary big insects, no deathly spiders, no snakes, no intruders ... so safe! Just little Hedgehogs"

And then I saw a fox browsing around the garden ..... and then I saw/see SO much Maarten poop about the place! I stay indoors now. I don`t like things with BIG teeth.
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I have become disillusioned .... I used to enjoy to sit outside late at night, thinking "Oh what a lovely country .... no scary big insects, no deathly spiders, no snakes, no intruders ... so safe! Just little Hedgehogs"

And then I saw a fox browsing around the garden ..... and then I saw/see SO much Maarten poop about the place! I stay indoors now. I don`t like things with BIG teeth.

Don't worry Smoky, they are not really that scary...
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Old 21.08.2014, 15:17
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Don't worry Smoky, they are not really that scary...
Ja, a baby fox is cute, even big foxes .... from a distance.

Last week I was serving lunch - 2 men at table - I was the only one looking out window - and saw a strange looking dog trotting around in garden - and then realised it was a FOX!

I had my mouth full of food and tried to tell the others to look, but they both just stared at me like I was crazy. Too late. They never saw it, only I did. (Annoying - I don`t think they believed what I saw ... long bushy tail, reddy colour, long skinny snout, pointy ears - NOT a dog!)

It had just trotted right across the garden at an oblique angle, and gone thru the hedge into neighbors garden, which then borders on a farm.

But in broad daylight!? The street front is normal suburban, only back is farmland.
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Old 21.08.2014, 15:30
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

I see foxes quite often here. Back in a suburban city in Canada, I would see them now and then--although they would be very ratty and sickly looking. They look more heathly and happy-go-lucky here.

As for the hedgehogs: The garden in front of the house I used to live at had a big collection of.....ummm.....medicinal hemp plants happily blooming. When I would return from work later at night, there would always be a few hedgehogs just hanging out there in the garden. You would think their parents would have them doing something constructive....probably foreign hedgehogs.
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Re: Hedgehog found, advice?

Loved the video of the pine marten at the football field. Sort of felt sorry for the poor creature. I look forward to seeing what other native "critters" visit my yard and neighborhood.
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Ja, a baby fox is cute, even big foxes .... from a distance.

Last week I was serving lunch - 2 men at table - I was the only one looking out window - and saw a strange looking dog trotting around in garden - and then realised it was a FOX!

I had my mouth full of food and tried to tell the others to look, but they both just stared at me like I was crazy. Too late. They never saw it, only I did. (Annoying - I don`t think they believed what I saw ... long bushy tail, reddy colour, long skinny snout, pointy ears - NOT a dog!)

It had just trotted right across the garden at an oblique angle, and gone thru the hedge into neighbors garden, which then borders on a farm.

But in broad daylight!? The street front is normal suburban, only back is farmland.

We have a lot of foxes in Lausanne.

Once, in a previous ground floor flat I was living in, I found a fox in my kitchen one morning, eating my garbage! it had simply entered through the catflap from the garden!
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We have a lot of foxes in Lausanne.

Once, in a previous ground floor flat I was living in, I found a fox in my kitchen one morning, eating my garbage! it had simply entered through the catflap from the garden!
Yes, there actually a lot of foxes around in (Swiss) cities. It is said that in a city like Zurich or Bern people live together with about 500-1000 of them, although they are almost invisible, since they usually act during the night. I had my one and the other encounter with them during the night. The first time both of us were so surprised to be confronted to each other that each of us – after a few seconds of shared perplexity – run off in opposite directions. Since then we are much more relaxed, both of us.
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Yes, there actually a lot of foxes around in (Swiss) cities. It is said that in a city like Zurich or Bern people live together with about 500-1000 of them, although they are almost invisible, since they usually act during the night. I had my one and the other encounter with them during the night. The first time both of us were so surprised to be confronted to each other that each of us – after a few seconds of shared perplexity – run off in opposite directions. Since then we are much more relaxed, both of us.
What scared me about foxes was my neighbor farmer telling me to be careful if a fox does not run away on seeing me, because no-fear could be a sign of Rabies.

He saw one, a couple years ago, on his compost heap - he shouted - but it just stood there looking at him. He backtracked, went and phoned the "whoever is in charge of foxes" - they came, shot the fox, took it for examination - and it was positive with Rabies.

So .... according to him, a healhy fox will definitely run away when confronted by a human.
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