Some of you may remember that last year I discovered we had a hedgehog - me being me I went out and bought him a lovely wooden house which was placed in a quiet and secret place of the garden but he didn't move in.
I named him Mr Pinsvind (the Danish for hedgehog) and I have been wondering where he is and what he's been up to. There has been evidence left on the lawn that he (or another) is about but no sighting - until last night.
I was on the phone with a friend when I went to turn off the fairy lights which are festooned on the foliage outside the kitchen window. A movement caught my eye; at first I thought it might be a rabbit because in the gloaming the shape was curved and apparently furry but then it straightened and I could see it was a hedgehog. He scuttled off round the corner and down the back of the bungalow so I hurried out of the door at the front with a little bowl of water, which I placed near the wooden house. This morning the water level has dropped, either thanks to him (and maybe others) or the local fox or (even worse) the local rats (the neighbours have chickens and something is gnawing the newly-erected fence between our two gardens :shock: ).
I shall be keeping an eye open from now on, around 9.30pm, and I shall report the sighting to our local Wildlife Trust who are trying to assess hedgehog numbers throughout the county. Have you spotted any this year? DD
Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben