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.
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.