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Cutting Wildflower Meadow without harming hedgehogs

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    We have a large wildflower meadow and it is time to get a farmer in to give it a summer cut. We regularly see Hedgehogs in the meadow and I am worried they may be in the field during the day and at risk of being hurt.

    Am I right to be concerned and, if so, what can I do? I considered going out the evening before and finding as may as possible and boxing them up for a day but wonder whether they could be lactating females with young to feed and am not sure if the young could cope for a day without Mum.

    Any advice?

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    Hi kevhog49

    Yes, you are right to be concerned. Checking the area in advance sounds a good idea, but the evening before sounds too early – hogs could easily move back into the area during the night. So I would suggest checking as soon before the mowing event as you can make it. That way, also, they would not need to be in boxes for too long – as you suggest a whole day might be too long for a lactating mother hog.

    There is some information from BHPS Page 13 re. machinery.
    I am fairly sure there is more information and if I find anything else will add it to another post.

    I think the “ high-cut, low-cut method allows nest checks in-between, and increasing the blade height of mowers will minimise risks. Ensure all machine users are trained to be hedgehog aware.” Refers to cutting the whole area at a height of about a foot which makes it easier to see any hogs whilst at the same time, hopefully, the blades just missing them – then checking before the final cut (and putting any hogs in boxes until the mowing is finished and then releasing them nearby), but I suppose it depends how practical that is in a larger area.

    Checking before as well would be good.

    You could give BHPS a ring to see if they have any more ideas.

    Good luck.

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    This information really relates to gardens, but the wild patch/strimmer section is relevant re. the low cut high cut method.

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