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There has been a large increase in the hedgehog's main predator in the last 20 or 30 years, I think that fact has to have a bearing on any discussion about hedgehog numbers.

Nov 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn Lyon

Not caused by global warming. Wonders never cease.

The crack in western Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier stretches for at least 18 miles (30 km) and runs 165 feet (50m) deep.

The rift is widening at a rate of two metres per day, said Nasa project scientist Michael Studinger.

When the ice breaks apart, it will produce an iceberg more than 340 square miles (880 square kilometers), said Studinger, who is part of the US space agency's IceBridge project.

But the process is not a result of global warming, he said.

"We expect that later this year or early next year year there will be a pretty large iceberg forming as part of a natural cycle," he added.

Nov 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

"We are saying that before making such a claim the lady in question should have some evidence."
Nov 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM | Cumbrian Lad

What on Earth makes you think she didn't? Nothing except your own prejudices.

Nov 5, 2011 at 12:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterZedsDeadBed

Zed. You don't seem to be able to understand what's being said here. We are saying that before making such a claim the lady in question should have some evidence. You're saying that she should be quite free to make unsubstantiated claims.

You then have a go at the various commenters who think supporting information should be produced, and accuse them of making unsubstantiated claims, in the process making unsupported claims.

You give the impression of being out of your depth here.

Nov 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

Nov 5, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Mike Jackson

So in conclusion, you're another one who knows absolutely nothing about the subject, but you suspect the lady in question, because she said 'climate change'.


Nov 5, 2011 at 12:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterZedsDeadBed

I'm no expert on hedgehogs either but the two-word response "climate change" to a question about a recent (and for all we know, local) decline in the population is a bit glib, don't you think?
There are too many people (enviromentalists especially) whose knee-jerk reaction to anything they can't explain is to blame climate change. The fauna of the British Isles is fairly robust; it's one of the characteristics of a temperate climate and I would be very surprised if a degree or so of temperature change over the last 100 years was having a devastating effect on the hedgehog, or any other, population.
Changes of land use (ie loss or disruption of habitat) combined with other changes in human activity like more cars is surely a much more likely cause of a population decline. Would you not agree?
And though the person interviewed may be a hedgehog expert or may just fancy herself to be one it's not unknown for human beings to have hobby horses that they are happy to climb on at the drop of a hat (or the sight of a camera lens).
And I'm sure you would agree with that.

Nov 5, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike Jackson

Funny thing is, on the telly a week or so ago, an expert was saying that hedgehog numbers were in decline in many places because of development and fences being put up which make the land area over which they roam restricted and so they can't breed. It's a funny old world when we have two different causes of the decline by two different experts. I would go for a combination of restricted land area and cold winters which mean they cannot forage for worms and other food. No evidence provided - just saying.

Nov 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Wrong Z. I said that before pronouncing on the subject, the said lady should know something about the subject, should have looked into it, and should know the statistics of hedgehog populations. More importantly the journalist/interviewer should also have pulled her up on it.

Nov 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterCumbrian Lad

"For an 'environmentalist' to claim 'climate change' is lazy, often inaccurate and deserves being pulled up on it."
Nov 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM | Cumbrian Lad

OK. So just to confirm, you know nothing about the subject, have never looked into it, and not only do you not know the statistics of hedgehog populations, you don't even know if they exist.

But despite all this, you still know that the BBC lady is wrong, and needs to be admonished, because she said the words 'climate change'.

Nothing like controlling the words people are and aren't allowed to say, is there.....

Nov 5, 2011 at 11:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterZedsDeadBed

Nov 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM | lapogus

Wow, you really thoroughly looked into that, and came back with loads of definitive information on the subject. Your hedgehog knowledge is clearly second to none, and I for one am certainly convinced that you know more than the hedgehog lady from the BBC on the subject. They should be getting you on these programmes really......

And abuse too. Lovely.....

Nov 5, 2011 at 11:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterZedsDeadBed

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