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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by suewhite, Apr 11, 2017.
The biggest threat to Hedgehogs is the increased numbers of Badgers
I didn't know that, do badgers kill them then?
They do if food is at a premium and with agriculture as it is and everyone wanting "nice clean" gardens and verges along with exceptional dry weather for several years in some areas, it must have become quite hard for them as they compete for the same sort of food.
I also think that some of the figures of decline are very misleading. As more and more people get into the places that these animals live, the animals are either displaced or become more secretive.
The local rescue where I help has had 50 hedgehogs in this winter from a fairly small area. That's only the small and poorly ones, all the others went to hibernate naturally and are still out there wandering the countryside
I had a strimmer up at the allotment but never used it because I know we have hedgehogs up there. Someone broke into my shed & stole it, I wont be replacing it.
Badger & hedgehog have coexisted for millennia, I live in an area with low badger population yet hedgehogs have declined here. There's no doubt badger will predate hedgehogs but its the usual suspects scapegoating badger for hedgehog decline
No badgers here, but we do have Hedgehogs.
I find it so sad I've not seen a live hedgehog for many years. Ones I have seen have been victims of road traffic accidents.
I find them absolutely adorable, second only to cats in my view.