A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
According to author Hugh Warwick, the British have ridiculous feelings about their hedgehogs, which he describes as “smelly, flea-ridden, solitary, prickly, and nocturnal.” Other than roll up into a ball when threatened, they do not really do much that can be called cute. But he and many other people love them. They put food in their gardens for night visitors, who actually do quite well on their own eating insects. People rush injured or sick hedgehogs to a growing network of animal rescue centers, including the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire. Many Brits belong to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
The mass neglect and removal of British agricultural hedges has reduced the overall hedgehog population, but the hogs who have moved into verdant suburbs are doing well. As houses with gardens are replaced by multi-unit buildings and parking lots, hedgehogs are again being displaced. Warwick and his friends at the BHPS are concerned and fighting for hedgehog rights.
You’ll learn all this and much about hedgehogs around the world (though none native to the Americas) if you read The Hedgehog’s Dilemma, which you will find in the Thomas Ford wildlife books collection.
Review by Rick