The Hedgehog is still a familiar sight around the British Isles. Conservation specialists encourage gardeners to enable them to travel between gardens and hedgerows in the search of food. Their main diet is made up of – caterpillars, earthworms, beetles and insects. They also eat birds eggs and some small mammals. They hibernate during the winter but occasionally come out to feed on milder days.
The young Hedgehogs are born early summer to give them a better chance of survival before the onset of winter. The female can produce up to five babies who are  born blind initially. It takes about fourteen days before their eyes open, and about six weeks before their soft spikes harden and increase to about two thousand.
An adult has about five thousand spines on its back, and in times of danger it will roll into a ball. It often nests on compost heaps – a good source of earthworms!  Their eyesight is very poor, they see better in the dark, but their sense of smell and hearing is good. It is said that they got their name from the way they forage for food, because they make a grunting noise as they root around like a pig.

Heron

  Heron - Grey herons can be seen at any time of year around  freshwater and coastal areas - our grey herons do not migrate.  They have long legs with long thin toes, with three forward-pointing ones and one pointing backward.   They can stand with their neck...

The Badger

The Badger: The Badger is one of our nocturnal animals, they can be up to a metre in length. Female badgers are a bit smaller. Their body is mainly a dark grey with very distinctive black and white head markings, small white tipped ears. The Badgers home is known as a...