Hedgehog spines are hollow and springy with a flexible neck and are erected by muscles. At the base there is a smooth ball that bends on impact. #AmazingGrace

 

Invite a Hedgehog into your life ~ Hugh Warwick #RantsforChange No.2">Invite a Hedgehog into your life ~ Hugh Warwick

 

A German town named Iglau

 Hedgehogs in cold climates hibernate over the winter. #AmazingGrace

The hedgehog’s natural predators in Britain are, in order, foxes, pine martens, stoats and badgers. #AmazingGrace

Lawn mowers and strimmers can be fatal for hedgehogs. Please be especially careful when cutting longer grass and check your borders! #AmazingGrace

Hedgehogs love to sleep - sometimes up to 18 hours a day! #AmazingGrace

Hedgehogs can swim, but cannot tread water for long so please ensure your pool has a hedgehog-friendly exit or keep it securely covered when not in use. #AmazingGrace

Loose or absent drain covers are lethal traps for unsuspecting hedgehogs, please check your garden  regularly  #AmazingGrace

Grace loves creepy-crawlies, her favourite being worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars, earwigs and millipedes. #AmazingGrace

Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and  should never be given milk to drink. #AmazingGrace

Did you know that hedgehogs can hear ultrasonic sounds? #AmazingGrace

Bonfires are a massive danger to the hedgehog - please store your wood safely prior to building and then build on the day you light the bonfire. #AmazingGrace 

Hedgehogs can be found is woodlands, farmlands, gardens, parks and rescues!  #AmazingGrace

 

Another of the hedgehog’s biggest threats comes from manmade influences, such as ponds. Grace can swim well but she needs a way to climb out of a pond. #AmazingGrace

 

 

Hedgehogs have a fantastic sense of smell and use their ‘forever twitching’ and sensitive nose to find food  and to avoid danger  

 

There are five genera of hedgehogs (Erinaceus, Paraechinus, Atelerix, Mesechinus and Hemiechinus) with a total of 16 species. #AmazingGrace 

 

Grace eats so many pests that she is called “the gardener’s friend”. #AmazingGrace