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For some years it was made known that hedgehogs were in serious decline,to the point that they were on the verge of being endangered.The low numbers that I saw supported this.

However,this year there has been a noticeable increase in Hampshire and Dorset where I live and work.The point of this post is to see if its a localised thing or if the little critters are making a comeback on a wider scale.

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Not round here apparently. I have two nesting boxes and feeding station I made  standing empty. 

Few years ago rehomed a couple of Hedgehogs that came and went as they pleased. Were able roam widely through neighbours gardens and adjoining farmland. They then disappeared. 

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Wrong forum area I think, unless you want to go on a hedgehog chase? 

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They are very rare here. I've only seen one in the past two years and not even any dead ones. 

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I've seen them relatively regularly this year, or to be more accurate I've sighted one in my garden 3 times this year. The most recent time being last week one day, when I saw ones face pop out of the hedgerow. Going back a couple of months or more though I had to save one which accidentally wondered into my pond and was struggling to get out, so I netted it up and put it on the lawn in the Sun to dry. It just sat there shivering for a while, but when I got back it had gone, so I assume it was alright. Maybe the one I saw last week was the same individual?

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I had just the one for many years, living and hibernating deep in my pampas grass.
I was so sad to see him/her ? run over a few weeks ago.
Seemed to coincide with the change to those dim street lights.
I love hedgehogs.  Used to be several around here maybe 10 years ago.
B.

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When I was oop in the Heelands, hedgehogs were frequent visitors (I suspected they were after the hens' eggs?) to the garden...But, anyways, I used to put saucers of milk out for them, as they're such docile and friendly creatures...

Then again, they can be a rather prickly subject...:oops:

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