DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

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Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

Postby Marigold » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:28 am

15,113 at 7.28 on Sunday.
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Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

Postby rick » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:15 am

About 1000 a day then. The petition map is very interesting - it is totally off the radar in London, Manchester. Birmingham a bit better.
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Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

Postby DuncanZA » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:49 am

And one more!


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Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

Postby Marigold » Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:42 pm

Over 17,000 today.
Today I installed a second breeding box/hibernaculum in a wild corner of our garden, near to where the hedgehogs are now coming to feed overnight. Yesterday evening I went out at half hour intervals all evening, to try to discover what was happening and when the food was being taken. Some of the chicken and all of the hedgehog biscuits disappeared between 8.15 and 8.45, so I put out more biscuits. Nothing happened by 10.00, but by this morning it was all licked clean. So maybe there is more than one coming to feed, or perhaps the first one had a snack and then came back a few hours later for second helpings.
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Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

Postby rick » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:12 am

If the budget allows Marigold, a trail camera is a great tool for knowing what is happening out there (and maybe actually seeing the emerging youngsters if you have residents!) I got one of these:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Acorn-Wildlife ... corn+5210a
and it works really well for seeing what is mooching around the garden at night, who is laying the eggs (or isnt) - or is responsible for eating them! (or is the ringleader of devious goings on - Big brother is watching you Teabag!) etc.
It has a built in viewer but is easier to view the pictures/video it captures on a laptop/desktop with an SD card port. Some TVs have an SD slot these days and that would be a good way to view as well.
The only annoying thing I’ve noticed with these cameras is at dawn/dusk when they flip somewhat erratically between day and night mode. They will even do it in the day if it is heavily overcast (and under the cover of the roof) but it is a only occasionally a bother.

Oh, it says it has audio - it doesn’t, or at least I have never found any audio or settings for it on mine.
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Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

Postby Marigold » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:35 am

That one certainly looks good, Rick, thanks for that. I might well get one. We're about to renew the roof on our 28-year-old summer house, which is next to the feeding area, so although the outside of the summerhouse would be a good place to fix the camera, it might be best to wait until the job is done.

Yesterday evening I kept on going down to inspect the feeder, and when I lifted the box off at 8.50 I was delighted to find a large adult hedgehog munching away. Makes it all worth while! Our garden backs on to fields with a good 'hedgehog street' down a large and overgrown hedge, so within range of a good foraging area. There's a hole in our fence behind the new nesting box, at one end of the 100ft dry hedge I've made out of prunings, and a slatted metal gate at the other end of the hedge, where the other nestbox is concealed, so plenty of room for them to come and go, plus little 4" holes cut in the mesh fences either side of the garden to let them in to those gardens. Apparently, one garden isn't nearly enough to sustain a hedgehog, they can range up to a couple of miles in area.
I now have to get on to our Borough Councillor, yet again, in my annual attempt to prevent the quite unnecessary Spring spraying of the field behind our house, which is just grass, council owned, mowed voluntarily by a local resident, and used by all for running and dog walking, and which has no ragwort, but is annually sprayed at vast cost from a shrunken budget nonetheless. Can't bear to think of our hedgehogs getting contaminated by the spray and having their insect food killed off as well.
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Re: DEFRA approves A24 trap to kill hedgehogs

Postby Marigold » Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:13 pm

Petition hit 18,000 tonight. Interesting that the constituency on the map with the highest proportion of signatures is Ludlow - which has the headquarters of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
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