A Prickly Affair
My Life With HedgehogsBook - 2008
Obsession, persecution and passion- the hedgehog may be small, but it attracts strong feelings. And Hugh Warwick is not immune. Travelling from a field in Shropshire to the islands of Scotland, from hedgehog hospitals across Britain to the International Hedgehog Olympics in the USA, Hugh Warwick is on a quest to answer all our questions about hedgehogs, from the practical to the sublime. It is a funny, eccentric and moving story of one man's quest to understand a surprisingly deep-rooted affection in the British psyche for a little-understood yet universally known animal.
Hedgehogs are often our first encounter with the world beyond our back gardens, yet their numbers are now declining rapidly in Britain, down 20% in the last ten years. Including information on what hedgehogs actually do, how to make your garden more hedgehog friendly, and how hedgehogs can save the world, Hugh's quest leads him to understand that our passion for hedgehogs is indelibly linked to our sense of our countryside, our childhood, and ourselves.