We love hedgehogs!

argylesock says… We don’t see many hedgehogs now. I miss them.

Wood Elf Weekly

Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are probably one of the UK’s cutest and most iconic woodland mammals, and often feature in some of our most popular literature – think Mrs Tiggywinkle, or the unfortunate ‘croquet balls’ in Alice in Wonderland.  There’s also A Prickly Affair: The Charm of the Hedgehog, by Hugh Warwick which is a delightful account of the natural history of the hedgehog – although beware, it does contain accounts of hedgehogs as a roadkill delicacy.

There’s a lot of folklore  and myths surrounding the hedgepig too.  Elizabethan farmers thought that hedgehogs suckled the milk from dairy cows, and there was a bounty of 3 pence per hedgehog caught.   The Romans thought that the hedgehog could predict the start of Spring, whilst Asian cultures credited hedgehogs with great wisdom.

Recently there was a huge public outcry surrounding the hunting of hedgehogs in the Hebridean island of the Uists…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to We love hedgehogs!

  1. Baldscientist says:

    Cute little guys!!!!

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