A few days ago Josie found a confused hedgehog sitting by the barrel outside our kitchen door. It’s supposed to be winter here but the unusually warm weather confused him.
In our forest we’ve built a Hedgehog Hotel. It’s fully booked over winter.
This hedgehog must have checked out early so Josie had to book him back in for another month or so. Hope he doesn’t get restless again … hungry predators lurk in our woods!
Welcome To Hedgehog Hotel
In our forest, oh I know it well
Is a sheltered place, Hedgehog Hotel
Piles of branches tightly knit
Where Hedgehogs snug and safe all fit
Guests only come when winter’s cold
They fall asleep and so I’m told
Don’t order water or a meal
Until the spring comes and they feel
Warmer welcome forest nights
For them to forage for delights.
But in the spring in our dark wood
Other creatures hunt for food
Badgers, buzzards, bats and owls
Are also hungry on the prowl
They’d love to gobble Hedgehogs up
Nature often brings bad luck.
But Hedgehogs know their prickly quills
Sometimes protect from dangerous ills
Still I wish the Hedgehogs I could tell
To not check out of our hotel.