Wakey Wakey! In December Frontier published a blog going into some of the science of what hibernation is and which animals go through it. Ring any bells? Well, now we're in March and spring is knocking on the door, it's a good time to revisit the subject and see who's soon to be stirring from their winter slumber.
Probably the classic poster child for hibernating in Britain, most hedgehogs will start rubbing the sleep out of their eyes in mid-March. Remember having to check underneath your big pile of leaves and wood on bonfire night last year to see if any hedgehogs were hanging out? That'll probably be because they were looking for somewhere cosy to curl up for a few months. However, given that this winter has been one of, if not the, warmest and wettest on record, it's entirely possible that some didn't hibernate at all.
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