The snow-bringers were welcome and expected. The other visitor was also welcome, but definitely not expected. He wandered over my lawn at around 10am yesterday morning, much to the delight of both myself and Gill. I immediately grabbed my camera and started following his amblings.
Here he is!
Or, at least, there he went.
HERE he is!
It was freezing and he was just kind of pottering. I thought he should be tucked up all snug for his winter snooze by now, but my friend tells me that they sometimes wake to forage, so I looked it up on the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website, which says that a hedgehog may wake up several times and that, if you see one, you should just offer food and water and, if there are no apparent problems, leave it to go on its way.
This one looked fine, so I did just that (except that I became a bit of a shadow for a while).
He didn't seem at all bothered by my presence and was having a good old nose around, but I eventually left him in peace.
I'll keep my eyes peeled for him though.