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messageHedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Nigello June 13, 08:31PM

Springwatch just had a piece on some 24 connected gardens somewhere in England with small holes in fences/hedges between them to facilitate the movement of hedgehogs. I've never seen one around here. Anyone got one in his/her garden? If so, whereabouts?

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by tomskip June 13, 08:35PM

Never seen a hedgehog in 33+ years in London. Never seen a squashed one on the road either. I doubt there are many in ED, mores the pity.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by precious star June 13, 08:53PM

No... i have not seen one either in the 40 years ive lived in east dulwich. Its a shame how mankind has destroyed all there natrual habitat.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Broadbean June 13, 09:04PM

We used to have them in our garden and lots of them about 15-20 years ago as most people had metal railing dividing their gardens so they were able to move easily from garden to garden , but as people started putting up solid wooden fences they gradually disappeared . They were great to watch at night as they came into the garden to eat all the slugs and snails .

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by civilservant June 13, 09:58PM

a few years ago i contacted the British Hedgehog Preservation Society when they launched their hedgehog campaign
they confirmed that for some reason hedgehogs are rare to nonexistent in SE London

i don't think they are much more abundant in other parts of London but i do know that there a few surviving in Regent's Park [www.royalparks.org.uk]

they are little inoffensive creatures and i am sorry to hear they are struggling to survive

ETA more recent data on London sightings [bighedgehogmap.org] they seem to have left ED for Penge!



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messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Hilja June 13, 10:18PM

I saw my first live one ever a couple of weeks ago, at dusk in the back garden (close to Alleyne's playing field). It seemed to be eating suet pellets put out for the birds. I haven't seen as many slugs & snails around this year as in the past; eaten by hedgehogs or a result of the dry summer last year I wonder? Perhaps the current rain will bring them out.

Advice from Hedgehog Street (www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs/)is to leave meaty cat or dog food out for them (though that tends to get eaten by - cats or foxes...).

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by dimples June 14, 02:16AM

I use to get a hedgehog come to my garden in Barry road when I lived there 20 years ago . The last hedgehog I saw locally was about 5 years ago in Peckham rye park but sadly in the day .he wasnít looking great and the next day he was found in the pond 😢

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by JickieC June 14, 08:16AM

we saw two last summer up in the cubs/camping grounds in Dulwich

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by mikeb June 14, 10:42AM

My wife said she saw one a few weeks ago in our back garden, not far from Alleyns. If they are indeed "rare to non-existent" then I shall have to tell her that it was a slow-moving rat.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by BrandNewGuy June 14, 11:35AM

There are hedgehogs on Green Dale fields and around Dog Kennel Hill Wood. But they're very elusive smiling smiley

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Elfy June 14, 11:55AM

I live in West Dulwich and last year I nearly stepped on a hedgehog on my neighbour's doorstep. We're near to some playing fields where there are some overgrown brambles, etc... perhaps they live there?

I've also heard owls and woodpeckers. And there are LOADS of foxes. Although there are LOADS of foxes everywhere aren't there?

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by skylorikeet June 14, 12:09PM

I saw one in the gardens at Bell House on College Road last month.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by bob June 14, 12:20PM

As BB said 30 years ago we use to get a few some times a whole family that was when hedges divided gardens sadly now it the horrid wooden fences so they cant get about.
Bob S

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by fishbiscuits June 14, 04:33PM

I've seen a couple around Dulwich Village / College Rd before. Rare, though.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Growlybear June 14, 05:25PM

We have a hedgehog who turns up from time to time in Wood Vale.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Nigello June 14, 06:03PM

The programme item was about a man who persuaded his neighbours to cut small hedgehog-sized holes in their fences. Where once there was one hedgehog there are now 25! If you know there is one near you, why not cut a hole in your fence and ask the neighbour to do so as well, and ask that neighbour to ask his neighbour ,etc..?

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by creditwheredue June 14, 09:09PM

I saw one in College Road a couple of weeks ago, about 10pm.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by civilservant June 14, 11:13PM

good to hear that the SE London hedgehogs seem to be rallying
our fences are more holes than wood, so they're welcome to come live in our garden and snack on our pet slugs and snails any time

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Passiflora June 14, 11:34PM

So glad there are hedgehogs around the local area and especially in Greendale. The place is a natural habitat for lots of creatures.

I remember my Mum with the stag beetles and families of hedgehogs turning up every night in the back garden and I loved watching them shuffling along and having something to drink.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Nigello June 15, 02:18PM

I am please there are a few sightings, but there don't seem to be that many. (Of course, there could be lots of sightings by people who don't use EDF.) I suppose that people living nearer to "wild' areas (Dawson's Hill; P Rye/Park; Dulwich Park; Dulwich Wood) may be more likely to see them but I would love to find out that the large areas of connected gardens formed by the rectangles of terraced houses are home to them.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by muffins78 June 16, 11:03AM

Since reading the post, Iíve looked again at getting hedgehogs (not as pets), and the idea of opening gardens for them is great. My friend said you can get hedgehog houses, so am going to try that in our garden, and see what happens. It be amazing to have them and feed them if needs be!
I must say this year we have less slugs and snails, so as we are near Woodvale, perhaps they are in the area unbeknownst to us smiling smiley

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Penguin68 June 16, 11:57AM

Do remember that slug pellets and hedgehogs don't mix (they don't mix with toads and frogs either)- in both cases poisoned slugs eaten by either will do them no good.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Nigello June 16, 04:31PM

Muffins78, let us know how you get on. Perhaps you will be successful because of where you are.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by se22cat June 17, 12:30AM

We used to have families of hedgehogs regularly in the back gardens of Crawthew Grove, back in the 80s when most all of the back fences were picketed with lots of space for them to travel around, especially as lots of the fences had been in place seemingly since the 60s-70s(not sure how they got to Crawthew and where from...).

But then in the 90s people started doing up their gardens, a lot of this probably children who moved back into the family home after their parents died and even more people just did some basic renovations before selling on their late parents homes. I guess because of this the road became less and less viable for our spiny friends and I haven't seen any since those days, sadly.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by hpsaucey June 18, 09:45AM

About to put in a new fence in back garden. Using a picket fence partly for this reason - to give wildlife more freedom to move around. Have visiting foxes. Would be nice to get hedgehogs.

HP

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by Sue June 18, 11:51AM

Here's some interesting hedgehog info, just arrived in my inbox ten minutes ago! Includes how to make a hedgehog highway through your garden fence or wall!

[email-ptes.org]



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messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by jane1 June 18, 01:06PM

I have 2 african pygmy hedgehogs (fancy hedgehogs)as family pets they live in my house and I know of 2 other families in east dulwich that have these hedgehogs as pets as well, these are not the hedgehogs that live in the wild these I had to go to a breed to get them.



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messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by yorksgirl June 26, 11:59PM

There have always been hordes of hedgehogs at Honor Oak Rec and quite a few around Peckham Rye. The time to see them is after dark and after it has been raining, when they come out to slurp up worms. I once saw a whole line of them trundling across the Rec, looked like they were doing a police sweep.

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by margaret111 June 27, 11:39AM

Haven't seen a hedghog in our area for many years now. My son loves them though so will look into how we can make the garden more accomodating!

messageRe: Hedgehogs in SE22 and around?
Posted by ianr June 27, 06:37PM

"If youíve made a hole in your garden wall or fence please visit www.hedgehogstreet.org to put it on our map." Hedgehog-Street-top-tips-1.pdf


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