Still not a lot of wildlife being seen although there have been intermittent increases in the number of birds during the frosts at the end of November. On a couple of days (not consecutive) I have seen in my garden Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Robin, Blue, Great, Coal & Long-Tailed Tits, Greenfinches & Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Jackdaws and Redwings.
However, we did see two juvenile Hedgehogs in our garden for the first time in over 40 years. Quite exciting! We thought they were a little late in hibernating but discovered that although hibernation is normally from October to late March, some of them sleep only intermittently until late December
The main predators of hedgehogs are foxes & badgers and, surprisingly, hedgehogs can hold their own against rats; also vipers against whose poison hedgehogs are immune. They mainly feed on snails, insects, worms, acorns & berries plus, occasionally, mice, frogs & lizards.
Hedgehogs live on average from 2 – 5 years and the population has dropped by 30% to one million over the last 10 years. I was tempted to put a hedgehog “home” in our garden but decided that was not very sensible as we have 2 very sensitive dogs regularly. If you would like to help hedgehogs there are lots of web-sites on the internet; you can also help by reporting any sightings via the web-page below -