Last year, a post in the woodlands blog commented on the decline in the hedgehog population. Sadly, these last few months have done little to help Hedgehogs. Tiggywinkles has taken in hundreds of disoriented and weakened hedgehogs since last September. The winter has not been cold enough for them to hibernate (which they normally do between late December and early April); but neither has it been warm enough to provide them with sufficient food (their usual diet is a mixture of snails and insects).
The winter months gave a mean temperature of 5.47oC, which makes it’s the second warmest winter on record. The warmest on record was in 1988-9, when the temperature averaged 5.82oC. The warmer winter months have affected other animals. Frog spawn was seen in December, and bumblebees & peacock butterflies have already been seen on the wing – these are not normally seen until April. Many bulbs, flowers and trees are also well advanced. For more information, visit Nature’s Calendar.