Reference the below pictures, I took them late one evening about ten days ago. I am again experimenting with putting photos on my blog with the assistance of Ruth, who (together with her daughters) is staying with us over Easter. As I was saying - about ten days ago I went out late one evening (as is my wont) to check the car; and as I went through our back garden gate onto the car park, I kicked, in the dark, something about the size of a small , half inflated football, and sent it slithering about half way across our car park (about three yards away). I then trotted back to the house and got a torch and my camera, and found the subject of the photies, which was a large, traditionally minded hedgehog, who on being kicked across a car park, had curled up into a ball and was now uncurling himself to await events. When uncurled he was a good foot long, or even fifteen inches or so! When I shone the torch on him he recurled himself into a ball. I then called Ann to come and have a look at him and took the above photos in the meantime. Ann came out armed with a wooden snow shovel and the yard besom. She'd also bought a cereal bowl with an egg broken into it. We then managed to get him into a safe place on the side of the car park with the snow shovel and besom, and left him with the bowl of egg beside him. The following morning he had gone, but had not fancied, or touched the egg. Does anyone know what hedgehogs do like to eat, in case of his reappearance? Traditionally this should be a bowl of milk, but all the hedgehogologists tell me that milk isn't good for hedgehogs.
I must say that I found it reassuring to see a large hedgehog about the place as they've become very scarce of late years.