It is hard to believe but the hedgehog is an endangered animal, but this fact was highlighted by the Waitrose weekend publication last week. Animal Charities are asking for hedgehog lovers to record their sightings of hedgehogs between now and the end of Summer. The survey is being organised by The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS). Apparently, the population has gone from 30m in the 1950s to around 1.5m in 1995 and is still plummeting. It is important to start looking out for the prickly creatures now as one of the reasons for decline is thought to be that the Hedgehog population emerge out of hibernation 3 weeks before the Scottish cousins where the population has not been in such decline.

I thought that this was a great way to get children involved in an outdoors activity irrespective of whether you live in the country or city. To sign up go to www.hedgehogstreet.org and sign up before the 1st Feb.