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Where'd the hedgehogs go?

I'm used to seeing a few hedgehogs every night in the garden when I take my pup out before bed. The last few weeks though we haven't seen any. Not a trace. Does anyone have any ideas as to why they've apparently vanished? It seems too early to be hibernation time. Any clues?
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Old 24.08.2020, 06:53
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

The same place all the insects on your windscreen went. No creepy crawlies, no hedgehogs.
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

The hot weather would have killed off the ones with no water supply.
It's really a tough place for the youngsters.
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

Found one last week covered in ticks and fly eggs , took away the ticks and brought it to a "Tierheim" , unfortunately the little guy didn't make it
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Old 24.08.2020, 09:24
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

I've seen 3 in the last week. That's a fair amount more than I normally see from my balcony.
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

Funny, i had noted the other day that there seem to be a lot of squashed hedgehogs on the roads recently.
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

Just a note to encourage folks to try to keep 'hedgehog/wildlife friendly' gardens if you can.

Leave 'messy-ish' hedges and bushes for cover and insect growth. The trend towards sterile gardens, rock displays now more numerous than plantings, trees and bushes disappearing, even in suburbia and exurbia, means that wildlife increasingly cannot live along side of us. Which is a crying shame.

So when my neighbours make thinly veiled comments about my 'wild romantische' garden being Nicht Im Trend, I tell 'em to stuff it, I prefer my hedgehogs.

I very much enjoy seeing my hedgehog friends on their regular nightly visits.
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

Our "Hedgey" has been making regular tours of the garden this year. He's surprisingly noisy when looking for food - mainly slugs (of which we have plenty) and seeds to birds chuck down from their table. We have a bowl of water out for him and the birds...
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

A bowl of fresh water and a some dry cat food, would help them a lot.
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

We still regularly see them. Although after the Easter mating we observed we were a bit disappointed to never see any hoglets but I suppose that was asking too much. People keep nice hedgehog friendly gardens in our neighborhood so we see them very often.
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Re: Where'd the hedgehogs go?

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The trend towards sterile gardens, rock displays now more numerous than plantings, trees and bushes disappearing, even in suburbia and exurbia, means that wildlife increasingly cannot live along side of us. Which is a crying shame.
Indeed, this is crazy, they're an outright desert for wildlife.

I seem to remember that some places have started to strongly discourage them, maybe outright ban.

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Indeed, Baden-Würrtemberg has banned "Steingärten", ugly stuff like those below. Other Bundesländer (states) seem to be willing to do likewise.

The bans have started in Switzerland as well, Abtwil SG for instance. But they seem to be far less numerous.



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