About 3 months ago we saw an adult hedgehog daily in the garden. It became quite bold with us around, even standing at looking at the car as we came down the driveway. My wife realised it had nested in the shrubs directly underneath one of our boys bedroom windows. Both my lads enjoy watching it from the house in the evenings doing its rounds well before dark. It has been lucky so far because my GWP is a demon at finding and retrieving them.
Anyway, last night Harry (now renamed Henrietta) has been joined by 3 young hedgehogs. The kids think this is great, and regardless of whether they are bad for ground-nesting birds or not it is this balanced approach to shooting/conservation/wildlife that I have tried to instal in them since they started stalking with me at the ages of 5 & 6. I don't rear birds in the garden so they can get on with it...
Anyone on here know much about them with regards to territory etc? Will they always remain in this area or dissappear as they get older? I'm getting asked questions I cannot answer on this one.
I see far less around here now which I think must be linked to the higher numbers of badgers in the area. Even the GWP only manages to retrieve a dozen or so a year whereas before she could find one weekly.