We used to meet hedgehogs regularly in the garden at night, but of late years there has been very little evidence of them. For the last three months we have been leaving hedgehog food (Cranberry Crunch from the RSPB). The food gets eaten and there have been hedgehog droppings around, but no sightings, then tonight there was a great deal of scuffling and snuffling about 20 minutes ago and…
They legged it very swiftly as soon as I approached with a camera, so I’m afraid you will need the eye of faith to spot them. But those two brown lumps like fluffy microphones tucked into the lefthand base of the pot are healthy young hedgehogs and they were frolicking in our knot garden and we are thrilled to pieces.
Lucky hedgehogs, cranberry crunch!
Cranberries only 5% of ingredients, but the hedgehogs seem to like it.
Great to see this. We had hedgehogs for many years but encroaching ‘developers’ have seen them off.
They should be OK round here, but the nationwide decline is very steep, and there are certainly fewer than twenty years ago.
And I would be, too – ANY wildlife is wonderful beyond words, Hilary !! Goodonyou !
(Btw: those things on microphones that look like hedgehogs are what are called WINDSOCKS: they come off when there’s no need to protect a voice from surrounding wind.)
Thanks for the info re windsocks – it makes perfect sense (unless you are an approaching aeroplane looking for the wind direction).
I s’pose that’s where the audio guys got the name from.
That’s really lovely. Glad you’ve seen some again. 🙂
Thanks, it made us absurdly happy.
What wonderful little creatures. I would love to meet one. 🙂 –Curt
Hope you do one day, they are very funny and charming and do absolutely nothing but good.