Sorry, I may shamelessly upset you with this post. Pre blog I was completely ignorant on this. Hedgehog searches bring many visitors to my blog so I feel perhaps I should highlight images that shocked and upset me this morning… for the sake of these endangered wild animals.
To help power through a growing ironing pile this week I had recorded a television series link on the programme Animal 24:7 about animal welfare both wild and domestic. Today whilst ironing/watching one of the recordings a hedgehog story came up.
Hedgehogs do enjoy wandering through the undergrowth of plants especially long grasses as you can see in the video below previously shown on my blog back at the beginning of August.
As mentioned in a recent posting long grasses and wild areas in our gardens can be the habitat for a number of wild animals including hedgehogs. For the most part we’d never know they were there as they can be so very well camouflaged. Does this matter, I hear you say… oh yes, very much so.
As garden strimmers move out from the dark corners of shed and garages over the weekend my heart goes out to the harm and death they can cause to this wonderful wild visitor to my garden that I have become so fond of.
There are campaigns against the use of garden strimmers and after seeing the images today on television and on looking at the one at the end of this posting you can see why I would support this.
On the other hand, I can appreciate that wildflower meadows that support many species of bees and insects survive now due to a regime of being cut down on a yearly basis and in many cases with strimmers.
What is the answer there? On a large scale… I don’t know, but in our gardens I can see one immediate solution if a strimmer has to be used. A full check of the area for any wildlife prior to using a garden strimmer would perhaps save injuries and lives. If you are in any doubt, sorry if this upsets you, please look at the images below.
The first photo shows a visit from a healthy hedgehog to my garden earlier in the summer. Notice its lovely shiny dark nose.
The next poster image shows a quite different nose on a hedgehog. Part of this hedgehog’s nose has been cut off completely by a garden strimmer. At guess this hedgehog was a youngster in the nest and was taken completely by surprise. That is quite horrific to think about isn't it?
Hedgehogs when in danger don’t run away but instead curl up into a ball. The other images on this poster show how parts of a hedgehog’s body was sliced. It was images of this on the programme today on live hedgehogs that have prompted this posting. The one that had its back sliced sadly died. I do apologise if this has upset you.
Today, I had planned some pretty photos of birds from my garden but I just couldn't let this go. I have felt quite strongly that I should make others aware of this too.
Here's a shocking end to this tale... I have a strimmer in a corner in my garden shed! I should say I haven't used it for a number of years. In my defence, I have only ever used it as a means of trimming the edge of my lawn and not in any long grass. However... perhaps a frog or toad has been hiding there!
This weekend I intend doing ‘one thing for nature’… my garden strimmer which is tucked in the corner of my shed is going to see the light of day! It will get but a brief outing… it will then meet with its own ending via my husband's 12lbs hammer. I can’t just throw it out for fear of it being used again and harming wildife. After seeing these images I can't bear to see it in my shed anymore.
On a quite different piece of wildlife news I am absolutely thrilled that shirls gardenwatch has made it to the final few nominees in the category of 'Best Gardening For Wildlife Blog' in the 2009 Blotanical Awards. The blogs entered are worldwide and I am well chuffed!
Update Sunday: Sorry I missed this on posting, perhaps you might like to browse the other finalists in this category... some I knew others I didn’t... all definitely worth a look :-)
THE URBAN GARDENER
Being completely honest, although this is a competition any blog that supports wildlife and gets a wider audience just by being on this list is fantastic.
Each Blotanist could chose up to three categories where they would like there blog to be included. There are a number of more general categories like country/region too that all blogs are included in. A quick count through the regions has revealed a staggering 1703 blogs... Gosh, Blotanical really is growing! All categories drop down to a final five. I am just thrilled that this wildlife category exisits this year! Oh yes… good luck to all my fellow finalists :-D
I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering new blogs whist voting this morning. Here’s one that caught my eye and has been instantly added to my blog list… Great Stems. It is listed in 'Best Blog Design' but I would have expected it to come in the wildife category too.
Many thanks to all who have nominated me for this award and for that of 'Most User-Friendly Blog' which I am also very thrilled about. I am always tweaking thing in the hope that visitors find what they are interested in.
Being from the UK, I would love to promote the final five here… just in case you’ve never come across them. A very worthy bunch too! Wonderfully quite a few have met too. It will be a close competition here :-)
THE GALLOPING GARDENER
AN ARTIST’S GARDEN
BLOGGING FROM BLACKPITS GARDEN
I’d also like to take this opportunity to wish good luck to all nominees in all categories from all parts of the world. Voting closes in just a few days. A busy time for Stuart and his team at Blotanical!
I do know this is rather a bitter sweet posting to set you off on your weekend but please understand my thoughts are for the hedgehogs when they are already on the endangered list. I cannot bear to think that as gardeners we could harm them… they are our friends.
Please do enjoy your garden and its wildife this weekend.
The poster and images above came from the Epping Forest Strimmer Campaign. Support their petition here.