The_Kingfisher's picture

Hedgehog

Observed: 29th July 2011 By: The_KingfisherThe_Kingfisher’s reputation in Mammals
Description:

I came home from holiday at night and went straight into the garden to see what had grown (it was dark but I could still just about see!) and happened to come across a hedgehog pottering around. I sat and watched it for a couple of minutes then let it be. Lovely to know it's enjoying my garden!

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anonymous spotter's picture

Always nice to see a hedgehog -

I'm sure you know that slug pellets are a bad idea if you want these little beasts around. Beer traps work just as well, and have the advantage that you can always drink the leftovers (preferably not after they've been sitting in the garden catching slugs, though!)

the naturalist man's picture

Hedgehog gardeners

Good for your garden too!

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The_Kingfisher's picture

I <3 Hedgehogs

Yup I never put slug pellets on, I don't like anything unnatural in the garden! Some of my plants are suffering for it but I don't like killing slugs either...I wish there was an effective deterrent!

the naturalist man's picture

Slug preotection

The Hedgehog Preservation Society suggest using beer traps, though I guess you could end up with tipsy hedgehogs!

More information here:

http://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/FAQS/helping_hedgehogs.htm

Graham Banwell

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The_Kingfisher's picture

Beer Traps

Yes but I don't want to kill the slugs, surely rather than a deterrent, they just fall in and die?

the naturalist man's picture

slugs

If you want to deter them try strips of copper around your plants. I've no idea if it works but I have seen it proposed.

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The_Kingfisher's picture

Natural stuff

I could do but again that means filling the garden with unnatural materials...I think I'll just have to put up with them!