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Hedgehogs in focus. Saturday 21 Nov. is Hedgehog Day

by wildopeneye

Consider beer traps over slug pellets and talk with your neighbours about hedgehog holes in garden walls and fences for unobstructed hunting of garden pests.

Consider beer traps over slug pellets and talk with your neighbours about hedgehog holes in garden walls and fences for unobstructed hunting of garden pests.

We were treated to a very entertaining and educational debate in Parliament recently on the ‘Prickly issue’ of how to reverse the recent decline in the UK’s hedgehog population.

Click here to read the text of the interchange between the Honourable Oliver Colvile (Conservative MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport) and the Honourable Rory Stewart (Conservative MP for Cumbria) on the subject of hedgehogs.

As this blog is decidedly a non-profit publication, we can also display the very eloquent speech via Parliament Player that argues persuasively why the humble Hedgehog is not a suitable replacement for our national animal, the lion.

As well as being a rich source of information on the hedgehog and its ways, it has been identified as one of the best speeches to be heard in the House of Commons and I cite it as a very good example of English rhetoric.

Saturday November 21st 2015 will be venerated as Hedgehog Day in the UK and people will think about ways to preserve this very delightful animal for future generations. The key threats are:

· Habitat loss

· Poisoning from insecticides (and also saucers of milk and cream)

· Road deaths

· Entanglement in netting

Check out some action being taken in Sollihull to preserve habitat for this very popular British mammal in the UK’s first Hedgehog conservation area.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/17/uks-first-hedgehog-conservation-area-planned

http://videoplayback.parliamentlive.tv/Player/Index/2fed57d5-68f3-4867-bdfa-44f68ab93ee5?in=2015-11-10T00%3A19%3A00%2B00%3A00&out=2015-11-10T19%3A40%3A20%2B00%3A00&audioOnly=False&autoStart=False&statsEnabled=True

Undoubtedly the best speech ever made about hedgehogs, by Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border.

The majestic lion remains the British national animal .

The majestic lion remains the British national animal .

wildopeneye | 17/11/2015 at 10:57 pm | Tags: Hedgehog Day, MP for Penrith and The Border, reverse the recent decline in the UK’s hedgehog population, Rory Stewart, the best speech | Categories: Conservation, Protected Areas | URL: http://wp.me/p10R9B-xO

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