There was once a country man who had money and land in plenty, but however rich he was, his happiness was still lacking in one respect - he had no children. Often when he went into the town with the other peasants they mocked him and asked why he had no children. At last he became angry, and when he got home he said, "I will have a child, even if it be a hedgehog.".

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Hedgehogs are very useful visitors to any garden. They eat slugs, beetles, caterpillars and a variety of other cute creepy crawlies, in fact, everything that makes holes in your plants will probably be the prey of these spiky fellows, making them a must have in any garden.

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Don't let them burn.   Hedgehogs hibernate in late autumn when just about all their food supply has itself either hibernated, migrated or gone deep into the ground. They then find somewhere dry and start building a nest.

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Hedgehogs are considered the gardener’s friend as they can help keep some of the garden pests under control. However, whilst they can give us the pleasure of seeing them as they wander across our gardens late at night; we can cause them a lot of problems with our gardening activities.

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At Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, we rehabilitate many bats each year and of varying species. If you find an injured bat - using gloves - put it in a dark ventilated box on a towel and bring him into us. A bat on the ground is in danger.  

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"Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we're beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of this century and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin." Dick Irwin, toxicologist at Texas A&M Universities.

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