I had my birthday last week and my daughters clubbed together to get the present of my dreams

No cruise through the Galapagos, a week on Madagascar or hiking though Nepal. No, I was treated to a hedgehog house. We installed it under one of the hedges adjoining the campsite. Perfect.

We have had a family of hedgehogs hanging around at the campsite for a few years now. They first appeared when we opened in 2012. Tragically, we occasionally see a hedgehog squashed on the road down near the farm shop. Fortunately, this hasn’t reduced the number of sightings we have in the orchard or other parts of the camping meadows. They seem to like it here.

Hopefully, another dwelling for the little critters to live in will help their numbers grow around the site. This will be a welcomed addition to our fauna and a great form of slug control. I followed a tip from a regular camper and we stuck some hay in it to make it even more comfortable

A couple of years ago we set a hedgehog trap as part of an investigation. We used some ink pads to capture foot prints in a hedgehog tunnels kindly borrowed from Michael Blencowe and his team from Sussex Wildlife Trust.

Here is a picture of the resident hog. It’s proof they share the campsite with us

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