Thursday, 10 November 2016

Hog CRazy!!

  You know you are losing your mind when random things pop into your head. Earlier today I was thinking about doing a blogpost on last weekends Badger Trust Conference that I attended in Hertfordshire and how I unfortunately missed a talk by Hugh Warwick, Ecologist and Hedgehog expert and whilst thinking about this, the following sentence appeared in my head???

   "Twas through the leave the spikes did come"

  Except for the Hedgehog link I have no idea how that particular sentence was formed in my head. I wrote it down and as I was sat in the car doing nothing, thought of a few more lines to go with it lol

  It's now a part of the following poem I called - "A Hedgehog Year"
  ps I do not usually have random poetry coming out of my brain so this is a new thing for me ;)

                                  A Hedgehog Year by Stuart Pike

                       Twas through the leaves the spikes did come
                       To make my Hoghouse it's Winter home
                       Snuggled inside, sleeping among the leaves
                       In warmth and dry, avoiding the Big Freeze

                       For the months til Spring, she will hibernate
                       Then once again, will rise to find a mate
                       If successful, in Summer tiny Hoglets she will raise
                       Feeding and protecting them during the warmest of days

                       The young suckle, having Mum's milk pass their lips
                       Til 4 weeks later she takes them on real foraging trips
                       Into Autumn, food is plentiful and so they ate
                       Piling on the grams and so reaching their optimal Winter weight

 Well I won't be releasing a book a poetry anytime soon so don't worry ;)

 On a more serious note please do keep an eye out for young Hedgehogs that may be out during the day and need help to get through the Winter.
 We have a local Hedgehog hospital in North Lincolnshire so they will be more than glad to help if you are in the area.


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