How exciting to have hedge hogs in your garden. Is this the first time or are they regular visitors?
I know they are about but we might not see any for a few months – it’s usually if I have a ramble just as it is getting dark and it will always be rustling or grunting that gives them away.
It’s always great to see them – so two together is wonderful!
Oh, fantastic! How I would love to have them in my garden. Alas, no hedgehogs in Maine.
Yes, they are very welcome, Laurie – and they eat slugs!
Yay!!!! We live in the woods, and slugs are a huge problem.
Oh, yes please! Send them here! My son has one visiting his garden in Doncaster. But I haven’t seen one in years.
I will point one in the right direction the next time I see one…it’s not as far from here as it is from Doncaster…
They grunt?! They’re almost mythical creatures in my mind – there are no hedgehogs in the US.
Perhaps more of a snort than a grunt, but surprisingly loud considering they are quite small creatures (these would have been about 9″ long)
Their closest relative is the pig, hence the grunting.xxx.
Yes, so not surprising
Darling AND they eat slugs – what wonderful creatures… 😉 As Kris says, we don’t have them in the US, so can only admire from afar – my nearest acquaintance being the memorable Mrs. Tiggywinkle.
My grown-up girls admitted to me as adults that they hated me reading Mrs Tiggywinkle to them – a bit scary, I think… 😉
D > In these islands (Uist), they are non-native, and having been introduced in the 1950s to control slugs in a private garden they have multiplied and are now found in most parts of Uist, but especially near the coast, because they love eating the eggs of ground-nesting birds. We are, therefore, exporting hedgehogs back to mainland UK. It’s a source of great sorrow to me that the hedgehog is in such decline, there. I blame too-tidy gardens, use of slug pellets and other chemicals. Out in the countryside, it’s again a question of anything natural being banished to few-and-far-between nature reserves, as too many farmers don’t seem to tolerate anything they don’t plant themselves and returns a profit.
That’s really interesting to read, Denise – thanks for taking the time to share it. I am certainly thrilled that they find our garden to their liking
Boy, you should hear them snore! 😧
Crikey – I can’t imagine a hedgehog snoring but I now need to make it my mission to find out!!
How exciting Cathy! Sadly the last hedgehog we had a in our garden was a dead one 😢 My sister’s garden seems to be a major hedgehog thoroughfare so much so that she has dedicated hedgehog webcam.
Sorry to hear about the hedgehog corpse – I hope it was old age and not anything untoward… And what a good hedgehog habitat your sister must have ☺
Seeing one is always a pleasure, so seeing two was really exciting
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