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A sad wildlife situation

#1 by Sheldonboy , Wed May 22, 2013 6:52 am

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RE: A sad wildlife situation

#2 by Voltman , Thu May 23, 2013 8:34 am

I've noticed the reduction in Hedgepigs.
Twenty years ago I could sit in the garden on any night during the summer months and easily see two snuffling around. Now I'm lucky to see a single pig more often than every other month.

Interestingly, when we've had pigs and frogs living in and around the garden, we've had no snails or slugs.
When slugs first appear some people are too quick to put down pellets, these kill the pigs and the frogs along with slug eating birds and therefore reduce the number of natural predators. This increases the number of slugs and makes the situation worse, but will the "people" stop putting down the pellets? NO.


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RE: A sad wildlife situation

#3 by phil ( deleted ) , Thu May 23, 2013 11:57 am

A better idea would be, stop planting the plants that encourage these pests. Concrete only encourages more concrete.

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RE: A sad wildlife situation

#4 by Sheldonboy , Thu May 23, 2013 1:17 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #2
I've noticed the reduction in Hedgepigs.
Twenty years ago I could sit in the garden on any night during the summer months and easily see two snuffling around. Now I'm lucky to see a single pig more often than every other month.

Interestingly, when we've had pigs and frogs living in and around the garden, we've had no snails or slugs.
When slugs first appear some people are too quick to put down pellets, these kill the pigs and the frogs along with slug eating birds and therefore reduce the number of natural predators. This increases the number of slugs and makes the situation worse, but will the "people" stop putting down the pellets? NO.

Exactly Voltmeister, we were overloaded with slugs and snails for years' thankfully having four ponds we had a healthy Frog population and a decent family of Hedgehogs. We have very few slugs at the moment and the Hedgehogs are nowhere to be seen. Is this due to a fall in the amount of Hedgehogs or lack of slugs for their food, we don't know. SB


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RE: A sad wildlife situation

#5 by mollymandysb , Thu May 23, 2013 5:02 pm

i was moving my greenhouse a couple of weeks ago and took out of the bottom tray a roll of garden fleece and it seemed very heavy, i dropped it and then looked inside there was a hedgehog grunting and grumbling at me, so i put him back inside the fleece and left some food out for him. i really must have upset him because he not been back. one side of my garden is like a jungle, bushes, ground cover so much wild life, my neighbours hate it because the one side has decking and the other stones.
i am sure hog must be up the top of the garden under the bushes.

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RE: A sad wildlife situation

#6 by mikejee , Thu May 23, 2013 8:02 pm

Sounds a bit like my garden !

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