Thursday, 4 December 2008

Wildlife in Winter

Wildlife in our winter garden is missing one thing. A hedgehog. I love them. It's only recently that I read that hedgehogs are not found in the same area as badgers. I was told that badgers eat hedgehogs. I'm not sure if this is fact or not. I suspect more that they are in competition for food. As badgers always follow the same route every night then maybe some hedgehogs visit my neighbours' badger free gardens. I have slugs a plenty in my garden so could happily harbour a family of hedgehogs. The badger is continuing to look fat and well fed. It's a pity he doesn't fall into one of the holes he dug in the lawn over the summer.

Update: 6th December
Cleaning up fallen leaves, a bucketful of smelly stagnant water and pond weed today I found a huge common frog sitting on the edge of the bucket peering up at me. My sister gave me the pond weed when I last visited. I was hoping to dig a pond during the autumn but just not had the time or the muscle for such a task. I'm wondering whether the frog travelled all the way home from Croydon to Worthing to Devon. If it did I'm glad it didn't surface during my drive home.

2 comments:

Around My Kitchen Table said...

I love hedgehogs. We have one that is a regular visitor, although I haven't seen him lately. I hope he's OK as I presume it's a bit early to hibernate. I think they're attracted by all the slugs in my garden - as I'm not the best gardener in the world!

ladythinker said...

Hello AMKT - best gardener or not slugs are hard to eradicate - especially after such a wet summer and if like me you worry about putting slug pellets down for fear of harming other creatures.