Author: DIFW

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Is Your Garden too Tidy for Hedgehogs?

In the last 50 years, hedgehog numbers have fallen from 3 million to 1 million. Whether you live in a rural or urban area, you can help by creating a mini hedgehog-habitat in your garden. Over 100,000 hedgehogs are killed on UK roads every year, but that’s not the main reason for declining numbers. In rural areas, the main culprit is pesticide use and the removal of hedgerows for agriculture. “This kind of barren one-crop landscape has removed the amount of area that hedgehogs can live in,” Emily Wilson, hedgehog officer for the campaign group, Hedgehog Street, said. “The large-scale...

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£20,000 Fine for Destroying a Bat Roost

In 2018, London builders, Knightspur Homes, were convicted of illegally destroying three bat roosts for financial gain, leading to a record fine under the ‘Proceeds of Crime’ act, of £20, 321. Knightspur were given just 7 days to pay the fine. Most fines are much lower. Ranging from as little as £200 through to around £5000, depending on the scope of damage to the bat colonies and the prior knowledge or warnings given to the individuals and companies involved. In the case of Knightspur and others who have had large fines imposed, they ignored notices and formal recommendations to get...

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Our Frogs are Disappearing, but You Can Help Save Them

Frogs and toads are disappearing from our gardens according to the RSPB’s 2018 survey of over 10,000 gardens across Scotland. The main cause: A waning popularity of the primary habitat, the garden pond. It’s not just frogs that are suffering, but toads as well. Both frogs and toads need a close by source of water to survive. A sharp decline in the number of garden ponds is putting these once commonly seen amphibians at risk. Frog’s Breed in Garden Ponds Although frogs actually spend around 90% of their time on land, they breed in water, and ponds make the ideal...