All the mild weather this winter has prompted hedgehogs becoming active earlier this spring and also hopefully meant a higher winter survival rate. However, we have no idea how many were affected by the recent flooding.
I have spent the last week in Yorkshire conducting my first fieldwork for the year. Because of the sunny weather in the days, the evenings were rather chilly due to the lack of cloud cover, particularly on open farmland. We only saw our first hedgehog at 1am on our last evening, closely followed by a second. All being well, there will be many more to follow in the coming weeks as the night temperature increases.
The latest results from the Garden BirdWatch survey highlight that some of our garden wildlife species became active a lot earlier this year, than in previous years. One species that was seen far earlier in the year than is usual was the Hedgehog, the first individuals of which were being reported during late February, almost a month earlier than was the case in 2013, and up to two weeks earlier than in any of the last five years.