Hedgehogs could be extinct within a generation in the U.K., campaigners warn, with calls for the government to act before it’s too late. They are among a quarter of mammals that have been placed on an official “red list” of endangered species in the country, the first of its kind. : worldnews

I’ve been having a running battle with my local hedgehog for a few years now as I try to train him about the hazards of not sitting in the middle of the road. I seem to have won though, as most times I see him now he’s taken to scurrying across the tarmac rather than planting himself and presenting motorists with a bit of target practise. Unless I’m mistaken, I’ve seen a couple of smaller ones foraging around this season too, so perhaps we’re becoming a hedgehog haven