Well here I am quoting from a government petition that asked for hedgehogs to be made a protected species. They refused. Yesterday went to a garden club meeting about hedgehogs, and amongst all the statistics of gloom and doom not much help stood out. We are poisoning the insects and hedgehogs through our farming and gardening methods, plain and simple, we farm every inch of land and suburbanise our gardens, mowing lawns to within one inch of their lives, getting rid of weeds etc. One fact I read, 30s million hedgehogs in the middle of last century, one million today. As the speaker said we are probably moving to the sixth extinction in the world. When I lay it on thick I lay it with a very large trowel ;)
But not all bad news, there are people looking out for hedgehogs, our speaker who lives in York, says that rescued hogs are often placed in the Bishop's walled garden and there are many people willing to give a home to these creatures. We even have a Pickering rescue centre. Here in our garden they would so easily wander onto the road under the gates. We had one last year and C over the road said she had had a house made for hers, but a few bricks and some hay would do, the home has to be dark and snug.
There was a lot of oohs and aahs from the gathered assembly over the 'sweetness' of the hogs but it is sad to see these creatures disappear through illness and road kill, perhaps they need 'reserves' to be protected in. Toni Bunnell, the speaker did make one interesting point, remember all those insects in summer that plastered our clothes or stuck to the windscreen of the car - where have they gone?