All our Hedgehogs should now be awake and if not already, found a Mate to do what Hedgehogs do !
Indeed, the one Hedgehog I had hibernating in my Garden over Winter emerged and within two weeks I noticed he or she had found a friend.

Having their babies can present some problems with their survival though and the following are a guide to ensure the new families have a good chance of getting through Summer, hibernating and extending their population next year..

Hedgehog eating meat cat food

Compost Heaps and Bonfires

These are favourite places for Hedgehogs to either spend a night or have their babies in.
Special attention should be made when either getting compost out or lighting a bonfire. Read the rest of this entry »

We, humans, may have all the technology and academia behind us, but one thing’s for certain; Wildlife can survive without us, we cannot survive without wildlife.

Every living creature has a purpose whether it be to eat or be eaten, it’s like the song ‘I know an old Lady who swallowed a Fly’. Everything she swallowed was to catch something else and this is apparent in our homes and gardens, you take away one part of a chain and everything else is affected, especially so with Invertebrates.


I harp on a lot about the Media showing too much Nature from around the World. I’m not a killjoy, love to watch the exoctic creatures, but my point is that saving our Planet starts outside our own back door, if not within our homes.
Like Charity, it begins at home.

There are many things we do which can destroy the chain; Weedkillers, Fly Sprays, Slug Pellets etc. etc. They may well work, butwhat are we killing off as a side effect of it?

Slug Pellets will see off our Hedgehog population who feed on them, Weedkillers and other Fertilizers will destroy necessary Insects in the circle of things.

Go beyond that and we find ourselves, through searching for low maintenance gardening, filling our back gardens with Concrete.

Toad UK

Sure many things are a nuisance, but controlling them in a friendly way is a far better option and will assure us of more organic growth to the vegetables we may be growing.
A good example of this is introducing Ladybirds around our crops, they’ll eat more blackfly than we could see off by using unfriendly Insect Killer and leave our plants ‘spray free’.

I believe that mankind is under just as much threat for it’s future by not caring for nature as it is in ending itself in some stupid and mad conflict between fellow man.

Nature gets on with it. A baby Lamb can walk a few minutes after being born, we can’t! Some who see us as the master race on Earth should think again!

Finally on the subject of more home grown nature on say the TV., sure we have Countryfile, Spring / Winter / Autumnwatch which are truly great programmes, but before emphasis is put on creatures from other Continents, we have quite a lot of beautiful creatures on these Islands as well !

This is not having a go necessarily at people who live in houses, it is an observation of how modern technology and our material needs have gone faster than our Infrastructure can take.

Walking down a once leafy Street full of nice houses with little front flower gardens and a tree was pleasant, it was a sight we and the rest of the World as something quaintly British became accustomed to, but all a sudden things changed.

It started in the 1950’s when more and more homes were just about affording a Television Set, something which at the time took many away from the hardships and memories of Conflict.
Slowly but surely, Chimneys were being used to strap huge ‘H’ shaped aerials, a scene well displayed from early Coronation Street opening titles. It was like some metal plants were growing and attaching themselves to peoples homes.

For quite a while this seemed to remain much the same, the ‘H’ Aerials were slowly replaced with longer flatter types all pointing in the direction of the nearest Transmitter. But I guess we got used to it.

Then, all of a sudden, everything changed and we became a nation of consumers with a need to have the best, the latest and din’t want to travel around on Buses if we could afford it. Credit Card and Credit Facilities sprung up everywhere and within a space of a few years, some had their first car and others were getting their second.

The consumer society also brought about Supermarkets with fresh foods and other items being wrapped in those confounded moulded plastic containers which take up more and more space in the Rubbish Bins.

So, what have we now of our pleasant suburban Street?

The Roofs and Walls

These are now haunted with Satelitte Dishes. On one side of the Street they’re street side and the other side of the Street, they’re garden side.
To add more pain to the eyesore, it seems that when someone goes over to Satelittwe, they still want to keep the old Aerial up on the Chimney. To be fair, so many years have passed since they were installed, they’re probably holding the chimney up anyway!

The Fronts of our Houses

Gone are the good old Metal Dustbins, but so have the Councils who employ Waste Disposal people to actually empty that sort of Bin, so we’re littered at least one day a week with huge Plastic Bins in assorted Colours, slowly building up a rather unpleasant odour, being parked along the Street, all too often on the Pavement where with a good gust of wind, Number 38’s will end up outside Number110’s!

You see some pretty good Business ventures proposed on the Dragons Den, but as yet, they’re about spped and cleanliness rather than actual appearance – surely someone wants to make a million or two with a decent idea? !

The we have the once flower bedded garden now smothered with either Shingle, Concrete, or nothing at all to enable us to park our Cars. Again I say, this is not the fault of the House Owner as such, it’s that most Streets only allow parking on one side of the road and that leaves ‘the other side’ with no where to park because they’d be blocking off someone’s newly acquired entrance!

The worse thing of all is that, without a severe Financial disaster meaning we have to sell about half the cars in the country, it’s here to stay and not much can be done about it.

New Houses can of course cater for these annoyances, but even then (see the example at top of page) some don’t in the addiction of making things as quick and as cheaply as possible.

Next time we walk down a Street, see the cars parked tight against the front of a house, with the longer cars slightly protuding on to the pavement between four Waste Bins and being overlooked by all and sundries TV Aerials and Dishes, think – maybe you have an answer and become a Millionaire through it.

Phew, I’m in good miserable form today !!

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