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Post by Chilli-head on 8th July 2016, 11:13 pm

This evening I happened upon a most welcome visitor my garden - a young and very noisy hedgehog. It has been years since I last saw one in the garden, and I know they are in decline, so I was delighted to see one. I guess this damp slug infested summer means they have a lot to eat. I do hope he stays !
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Post by freebird on 9th July 2016, 9:00 am

Oh lovely. Never get them here - don't even see squashed ones in the road.
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Post by Ploshkin on 10th July 2016, 8:16 pm

That's great, I love hedgehogs. They're up and down here. We seem to be seeing a few more at the moment. It's not good for them to have badgers around.
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Post by FloBear on 16th July 2016, 9:02 am

Chilli, that's amazing because hedgehogs have been gone from this area for many many years and I came upon one in my garden a few days ago. Well, the dogs did. There was tremendous persistent barking and I went out with my torch to find a decent sized hedgehog curled up and probably with his paws stuffed in his ears too. He was covered in dog dribble so I got the dogs indoors. He lay low for quite some time but was gone by the morning. My garden would be brilliant hoggy habitat so I hope he has a few friends to report back to.
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Post by Dandelion on 16th July 2016, 2:49 pm

We would see an occasional hoggy trotting across the road at dusk when we first moved here 14 years ago, and would also find droppings in the garden. We haven't seen any evidence of one for quite a few years now Crying or Very sad

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Post by FloBear on 16th July 2016, 5:22 pm

It's very sad, isn't it, because they are harmless little souls who do so much good for the garden. I reported my sighting on Hedgehog Street. And talking of reporting, I've only had one sighting of a Stag Beetle here this year, it's usually a few more than that.
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Post by Ploshkin on 16th July 2016, 7:53 pm

I haven't seen a stag beetle for more than 30 years. I posted on here a while back I think, Flobear, about the nest of baby hedgehogs that my neighbour found after her dog had caught a hedgehog. There were 5 babies, about 3 days old and they had got quite cold and lethargic so I warmed them up on my body while she was getting a warm box ready to take them to a rescue place. They were beautiful and I do hope they survived. I forgot about hedgehog street, I should report them. I've seen a few this year.
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Post by freebird on 16th July 2016, 9:37 pm

I saw a stag beetle in my greenhouse last week. Usually see one or two each year.
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Post by FloBear on 17th July 2016, 9:02 am

Ooh, Ploshkin, baby hedgehog cuddles, how lovely. I remember a neighbour finding a nest when I was a child and I was able to touch one of the babies, couldn't believe how loudly they squeaked.
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Post by Dandelion on 17th July 2016, 10:27 pm

I also haven't seen May Bugs for a long time

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Post by Chilli-head on 27th July 2016, 2:48 pm

I went outside late last night to put the onions away I'd left out drying in the sun so that they didn't get wet again, and on my way back to the house I heard a scurry - there was a hedgehog bottom sticking out from under my log store ! Glad to see my hoggie is still around.
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Post by Dandelion on 27th July 2016, 9:45 pm

Chilli-head wrote:I went outside late last night to put the onions away I'd left out drying in the sun so that they didn't get wet again, and on my way back to the house I heard a scurry - there was a hedgehog bottom sticking out from under my log store !  Glad to see my hoggie is still around.
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Post by FloBear on 28th July 2016, 8:33 pm

Haven't seen my hoggy again, but then I haven't looked.
I'm afraid Mr or Ms Ratty is in evidence - in broad daylight yesterday!

Quite a few butterflies around in the sun. Red Admirals and Gatekeepers mostly and one Peacock, one Brimstone, one Small Tortoiseshell and a few Whites large, I think.
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Post by FloBear on 18th October 2016, 4:58 pm

Mr / Ms Hoggy has been sighted several times lately. He/she seems to have a regular route up the side path and behind the raised beds. Was alarmed, on arriving home from yoga two weeks ago, to see my prickly friend ambling up the driveway. Have to keep a careful lookout now.
Another surprising and welcome recent visitor - who came again today -is a Grey Wagtail. Much more common on riverbanks, he was foraging at the side of my small front pond and then walking out on to the water! Not a miracle, there is so much Canadian pondweed that it would probably support a small Ostrich at the moment!
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Post by Dandelion on 19th October 2016, 7:53 pm

How lovely FloBear!

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Post by Ploshkin on 21st October 2016, 10:18 am

Another grey wagtail fan here. We used to have a lot of wagtails, pied and grey, always arrived just before the swallows but numbers have been noticeably sparse in recent years. But they seemed to have made a bit of a comeback this year, which is good news. Back in the summer I was confronted by a very agitated grey wagtail when I crossed the river and I realised that she was drawing my attention away from her newly fledged chicks that were taking a breather on a tree stump.
We have also had a definite rise in the number of hedgehogs around this year but I think that is probably linked to the badger population. I'm purely guessing but we do have a very active hunt.
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Post by Chilli-head on 21st October 2016, 1:18 pm

I haven't spotted our hedgehog visitor in the garden for a little while, but I did see one in a neighbour's driveway a couple of weeks ago. I think they are quite wide-ranging in their foraging, so it may or may not be the same one. Perhaps I should have given him a prod back in our direction Laughing
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Post by Dandelion on 21st October 2016, 4:15 pm

Ploshkin wrote:Another grey wagtail fan here.  We used to have a lot of wagtails, pied and grey, always arrived just before the swallows

They always remind me of fussy little civil servants in suits!!

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Post by FloBear on 23rd October 2016, 10:06 am

Not unusual in the scheme of things but I was delighted to see a Greater Spotted Woodpecker on my birdbath yesterday. I thought I'd heard them occasionally but not seen one.
Also pleased to see that Autumnwatch is coming from Arne again this year. It feels a bit special to have them in one's local area as there is the opportunity to learn much about what is nearby.
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Post by freebird on 23rd October 2016, 1:08 pm

We hve a GSWoodpecker who is currently visiting most days. It goes to the top of a tall conifer in a neighbouring garden, so easy to see through binoculars.

Always feels quite special to have such things close by, since we live on an incredibly busy A road.
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