This week in the UK, it’s Hedgehog Awareness Week (3rd-9th May). Championed by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, this week is well timed for hedgehogs having come out of hibernation and the first babies appearing.
I adore hedgehogs. My auntie rescues them and must have looked after several hundred sick, injured or abandoned hedgehogs over the years. I’ll talk more about this in a future post and the inspiration this provided for my new novel, Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow, out on 2nd July.
One of the things I loved about writing this book was researching all about hedgehogs. I had a basic knowledge already but I have learned so much and, in celebration of #hedgehogweek my publisher has been sharing that knowledge across a couple of postings on social media. Tomorrow I will share some dos and don’ts but today I wanted to share the true or false quiz.
The answers are on the graphics so I thought I’d list the questions here first so you can have a go first and then scroll down to see whether you answered correctly. Try to resist the urge to scroll down immediately! I’ve put an advert for my book in between the questions and answers to keep them separate.
All the question have a TRUE or FALSE response:
- Hedgehogs are born with spines
- Hedgehogs are good swimmers
- Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets
- Hedgehogs are nocturnal
- Hedgehogs can run in short bursts at speeds of up to 3mph
- Hedgehogs lose half their body weight during hibernation
- Hedgehogs got their name in the Middle Ages from the word ‘hygehoge’ which translates today as ‘hedge’ and ‘pig’ combined
- Hedgehogs have good eyesight
- Hedgehogs are quiet eaters
How did you get on?
Let’s see, shall we…
Hope you enjoyed the quiz and perhaps learned a thing or two. If you’d like to find out more about Hedgehog Awareness Week and specifically the amazing work of The British Hedgehog Preservation Society, follow the links below:
And find them on Twitter @HedgehogSociety
And if you’d like to pre-order my book, you can do so on Amazon, Kindle and AppleBooks. Here’s the Amazon link and I’ve pasted the blurb below.
Happy Hedgehog Awareness Week.
Can love really be found when you stop looking for it…?
As Samantha Wishaw watches the love of her life marry another woman, she’s ready to give up hope of finding her happy ever after.
But when a chance encounter leads Sam to find friendship in Thomas – a lonely, grumpy elderly widower living at derelict Hedgehog Hollow – her life is about to change forever.
Glad to have a distraction from family feuds and match-making, Sam vows to fulfill Thomas and his wife, Gwendoline’s, dreams of restoring Hedgehog Hollow to its former glory, and to open a hedgehog rescue centre.
Throwing herself into the task at hand, little does Sam realise that the keys to love and happiness may also be found at Hedgehog Hollow, when she least expects it…
Escape to Hedgehog Hollow this summer with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting, feel-good read.