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Rat Poison

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    Does anyone know if there has been any research on the subject of rat poison linked to hedgehog decline? I am absolutely certain that this is a major factor in their decreasing numbers. I am aware that in my town people use loose rat poison indiscriminately and irresponsibly and this is surely common nationwide. Rat poison is in fact non-species specific and will kill anything. The badgers and foxes in my area have been eating it regularly (I’ve seen blood and green pellets in their poo). The bait boxes won’t deter small hogs and will also attract shrews, field mice, and voles, as well as rats. Rat Poison should be banned.

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    Hi Lore

    I don’t know whether anyone has done any research particularly in relation to rat poison, although there is a scheme where dead wildlife can be reported

    Hedgehogs are protected from certain things by law, including being poisoned. So that anyone using rat poison is obligated by law to ensure that hedgehogs are not able to access any poison.

    Quote from BHPS FAQs
    Hedgehogs are protected, in England, Scotland and Wales, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Schedule 6 and in Northern Ireland under the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985, Schedules 6&7.
    BHPS can be accessed by clicking on their logo above. FAQs in drop down list under ‘information’.

    I imagine the problem is lack of enforcement. I agree it is a worrying problem – together with roads, strimmers, etc. Poor hogs, the odds seem to be against them.

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