I don’t often write on this blog about what’s happening in my own garden. But I’m making an exception for the pair of hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) which have set up home in one of my untidy flowerbeds. Here they are sharing a romantic dinner of slugs.

hedgehogs July 23 2013

Patrick Barkham at the Guardian tells us how E. europaeus populations have declined terribly in recent years. It seems that gardeners can help. One of the ways we can help is to ‘leave a mess.’ Of course. That’s why my flowerbeds are so untidy. I left them that way in the hope that hedgehogs would move in, and now look.

In due course, I hope to see hedgehoglets trundling around my garden. I’ll let you know.

[Edit] I’ve since realised that those two weren’t the adult pair, they were the teenage hedgehoglets. They play-fought like puppies while Big Mama trundled off in search of slugs. Big Papa wasn’t seen, being a hands-off dad.

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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8 Responses to Hedgehogs

  1. beeseeker says:

    Well planned – of course!

  2. theresagreen says:

    Just goes to show that wildlife thrives more in less-contrived environments! Well done – I haven’t seen a hedgehog for ages, good luck to yours.

    • argylesock says:

      Thank you! We learned that hedgehogs are suffering in the heatwave in Britain just now, dying of dehydration 😦 So we’ve put a bowl of water near their nest and they’re sipping from it.

  3. Plus they are a great ‘eco-friendly’ slug and snail control device to have on hand 😀

    • argylesock says:

      Yes indeed. Our garden backs onto the allotment site where I have a plot. Hedgehogs are very welcome there! and ours have been seen trundling under the fence to their slug cafe.

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