Hedgehog Society needs your help

Braintree and Witham Times: Hedgehog Society needs your help Hedgehog Society needs your help

The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) are running a public survey to help determine whether climate change is having an impact on when hedgehogs emerge from hibernation and how this might be affecting their survival. 

Analysis by PTES shows that hedgehog populations have plummeted by over a third in the last ten years. 

The decline of the species is attributed to a number of environmental factors, but with more extreme weather fluctuations recorded in recent seasons, researchers wonder whether climate change may be another contributing issue.

To take part in the survey and record your sightings of hedgehogs as they start to emerge in spring after hibernation, register online before 1 February 2014 at www.hedgehogstreet.org. 
 

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1:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Bhudeeka says...

from what I can tell cars are the biggest threat to heedgehogs and all wildlife that and housing developments on greenbelt and don't bother being offencive and calling me a nimby just because you all seem to hate your own country so much I love the countryside and cherish it if you want to live in concrete move somewhere else
from what I can tell cars are the biggest threat to heedgehogs and all wildlife that and housing developments on greenbelt and don't bother being offencive and calling me a nimby just because you all seem to hate your own country so much I love the countryside and cherish it if you want to live in concrete move somewhere else Bhudeeka
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1:30pm Tue 28 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

I agree Bhudeeka. Building on farmland and landscaping gardens doesn't help. We used to have hedgehogs in our garden but now there's no lawn, they don't come. People not checking bonfires before lighting them is also unhelpful.
I agree Bhudeeka. Building on farmland and landscaping gardens doesn't help. We used to have hedgehogs in our garden but now there's no lawn, they don't come. People not checking bonfires before lighting them is also unhelpful. The Stinker Returns
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4:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Ah Bhudeeka dearest…………
.

I have just been blinded by a flash of inspiration.

What say we buy one of those redundant underground nuclear bunkers in the heart of the Essex countryside.

You could have all the heedgehogs (they presumably would be Scottish variants of the English ones I presume?) you could ever wish for; and I all the concrete of my dreams.

We would live our own wildlife happily ever after, never more to be troubled by the likes of ruffians such as Yellow Peril, sKorch, STR, Jack, Keith and /@|_|@\ but to name a few.

Utopia is calling us………..
Ah Bhudeeka dearest………… . I have just been blinded by a flash of inspiration. What say we buy one of those redundant underground nuclear bunkers in the heart of the Essex countryside. You could have all the heedgehogs (they presumably would be Scottish variants of the English ones I presume?) you could ever wish for; and I all the concrete of my dreams. We would live our own wildlife happily ever after, never more to be troubled by the likes of ruffians such as Yellow Peril, sKorch, STR, Jack, Keith and /@|_|@\ but to name a few. Utopia is calling us……….. OMPITA [Intl]
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9:20am Wed 29 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Hmmm, the Yellow Peril. Someone is posing as he in the new guise of "Yellow Peril's Peril........
Hmmm, the Yellow Peril. Someone is posing as he in the new guise of "Yellow Peril's Peril........ The Stinker Returns
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11:28am Thu 30 Jan 14

keith_l says...

I live in an area of witham that was built over 30 years ago (my house was 1980 and I believe one of the last to be built in this area), and we get hedgehogs in the garden on a regular basis throughout the summer. It's a real pain because they are nocturnal, and the first we know is when the dogs go out for a wee just before bedtime. I then have to separate them by torchlight and transport the offending tresspasser in a bucket to a safe place.
I live in an area of witham that was built over 30 years ago (my house was 1980 and I believe one of the last to be built in this area), and we get hedgehogs in the garden on a regular basis throughout the summer. It's a real pain because they are nocturnal, and the first we know is when the dogs go out for a wee just before bedtime. I then have to separate them by torchlight and transport the offending tresspasser in a bucket to a safe place. keith_l
  • Score: 2

2:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

keith_l says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
I agree Bhudeeka. Building on farmland and landscaping gardens doesn't help. We used to have hedgehogs in our garden but now there's no lawn, they don't come. People not checking bonfires before lighting them is also unhelpful.
How many people have garden bonfires these days? Sonce the advent of green bins I would guess not many.
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: I agree Bhudeeka. Building on farmland and landscaping gardens doesn't help. We used to have hedgehogs in our garden but now there's no lawn, they don't come. People not checking bonfires before lighting them is also unhelpful.[/p][/quote]How many people have garden bonfires these days? Sonce the advent of green bins I would guess not many. keith_l
  • Score: 1

2:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

On bonfire night people do!
On bonfire night people do! The Stinker Returns
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6:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

On bonfire night. Doh!
On bonfire night. Doh! OMPITA [Intl]
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2:42pm Sat 1 Feb 14

keith_l says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
On bonfire night people do!
Very few have their own bonfire.
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: On bonfire night people do![/p][/quote]Very few have their own bonfire. keith_l
  • Score: 0

7:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

/@|_|@\ says...

I get the distinct impression that OMPITA is carving out his very own little niche for himself and his "Bhud"ing paramour and most deffo leaving me out in the cold here. I might need to take matters into hand, then.

(Scottish variant? LMAO)
I get the distinct impression that OMPITA is carving out his very own little niche for himself and his "Bhud"ing paramour and most deffo leaving me out in the cold here. I might need to take matters into hand, then. (Scottish variant? LMAO) /@|_|@\
  • Score: 1

8:11pm Sun 2 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Aah, yee reet aboot thet Jimmee.
Aah, yee reet aboot thet Jimmee. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Sun 2 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Sorry /@|_|@\. Afraid you've blown it!

It won’t so much be case of 'leaving you in the cold' as 'leaving you choking in the dusty wake of our Carrera Subways’ when Bhudee and me take on the mantle of the Essex nouveaux Bonnie and Clyde from our secret concrete hide out.
Sorry /@|_|@\. Afraid you've blown it! It won’t so much be case of 'leaving you in the cold' as 'leaving you choking in the dusty wake of our Carrera Subways’ when Bhudee and me take on the mantle of the Essex nouveaux Bonnie and Clyde from our secret concrete hide out. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

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