Wordless Wednesday: It Was the Grunting That Gave Them Away

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26 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: It Was the Grunting That Gave Them Away

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    How exciting to have hedge hogs in your garden. Is this the first time or are they regular visitors?

    • Cathy says:

      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.

  2. Dina says:

    Gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  3. Oh, fantastic! How I would love to have them in my garden. Alas, no hedgehogs in Maine.

  4. Heyjude says:

    Oh, yes please! Send them here! My son has one visiting his garden in Doncaster. But I haven’t seen one in years.

  5. Kris P says:

    They grunt?! They’re almost mythical creatures in my mind – there are no hedgehogs in the US.

    • Cathy says:

      Perhaps more of a snort than a grunt, but surprisingly loud considering they are quite small creatures (these would have been about 9″ long)

  6. snowbird says:

    Their closest relative is the pig, hence the grunting.xxx.

  7. smallsunnygarden says:

    Darling AND they eat slugs – what wonderful creatures… πŸ˜‰ 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.

    • Cathy says:

      My grown-up girls admitted to me as adults that they hated me reading Mrs Tiggywinkle to them – a bit scary, I think… πŸ˜‰

  8. 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.

    • Cathy says:

      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

  9. Boy, you should hear them snore! 😧

  10. 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.

    • Cathy says:

      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 ☺

  11. Cathy having urchins in the garden should be wonderful, they are so cute, I love them. I wish I had them in my garden. Greetings from Margarita.

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