Maybe you never thought about this—I know I never did— but the hedgehog has been around in some form or other since the time of the dinosaurs. How on earth did they survive? I mean, if the sabre-toothed tiger couldn’t hang on, how could a tiny hedgehog?
The story starts out thus:
Once upon a time there was a little girl called Lucie, who lived at a farm called Little-town. She was a good little girl - only she was always losing her pocket-handkerchiefs!
One day little Lucie came into the farm-yard crying - oh, she did cry so! "I've lost my pocket-handkin! Three handkins and a pinny! Have you seen them, Tabby Kitten?"
Happily, little Lucie ends up meeting Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, who saves the day—as hedgehogs can be counted on to do—and they all live happily ever after, which is how books should end.
Unfortunately, the Tiggy-Winkles of this world are fast disappearing. A 10-year study by People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) shows that in the 1950s there were an estimated 36 million hedgehogs, while today there are fewer than I million. What's causing this? Experts say it’s the same thing destroying many other animal and plant life: loss of food and habitat. What I want to know is how one actually goes about counting hedgehogs. I actually looked this up and the term "road kill" featured prominently in the answer. I lost interest after that so I have nothing to report.