First signs of Spring

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Re: First signs of Spring

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Post by mary » March 5th, 2019, 10:23 am

the first leaves on my red acer have broken through today :)
now it looks like spring is here :)
leaves.JPG

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Post by Moriati » March 5th, 2019, 8:34 pm

No longer any argument, Spring is here:--- 8-)

. Hedgehog 1 2019.jpg

A nice healthy hedgehog weighing in at 800gm. The first of many more to come.

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Post by jowhitwell » March 6th, 2019, 9:27 am

lovelly to see a Hedgehog :)
there are something of a rarity around here nowadays. mainly down to roadkill i think :(
there was a spate of dead ones on the roads locally over the last couple of years, and i've not spotted a live one for far longer than that :(
i suppose being on your allotments, they are relatively safe from the threat of traffic, unless they wander to further afield.

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Re: First signs of Spring

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Post by ashgale » March 6th, 2019, 9:13 pm

sadly its the same here, we used to put food out for them, but as we live on a main road, a couple of them met their end under the wheels of passing cars, so we stopped putting food out for them, not seen a single one since then, so not sure if any are still around in the neighbourhodd or not,
so its nice to see you have a few in a fairly safe environment Moriati :)

is the paint on the spines an id means ?

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Re: First signs of Spring

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Post by Moriati » March 6th, 2019, 10:04 pm

To answer the questions raised, the hogs are fairly safe from road incidents largely because the allotments are almost totally locked in to the extent that most of the locals are not even aware of the presence of the site, but also, "what hedgehog in its right mind would even consider straying away from such a bewildering volume of food".

Regarding the coloured spots, maybe it was on the losing side of a paintball game? :twisted:
You are correct in assuming the marks are for identification purposes. Every year I monitor a portion of the site which includes the Nature Reserve, my own plots, and a few other adjacent spots, but I do not have the time or the resources to monitor a 2 acre field.

It gives me something to do, and amuses the plot-hilders children as they have been trained to pick the hogs up with a towel and take them in for weighing. These kids have never seen hedgehogs before, and probably never will again once they move on from allotment life.

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Post by bizzy » March 7th, 2019, 9:16 am

sounds like good news all round :)
the Hedgehogs get a nice safe home and the kids get to learn about nature, it cant be bad :D

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Post by mal71 » March 7th, 2019, 4:56 pm

they have become a bit of a rarity here too :(
its a shame they are so vunerable on our roads,
but nice to see that you get the kids involved with them, as i think making them aware of nature can only help in the future of our wildlife before its too late,

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