There was once a country man who had money and land in plenty, but however rich he was, his happiness was still lacking in one respect - he had no children. Often when he went into the town with the other peasants they mocked him and asked why he had no children. At last he became angry, and when he got home he said, "I will have a child, even if it be a hedgehog.".

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A Camberley man, Alex Flint, was given a nine-week suspended sentence and a 12-month supervision order for using a hedgehog as a football in April 2011. The man was charged at Guildford Magistrates Court on the 3rd October 2011. Another pleaded not guilty and charges were dropped against him on the 24th October 2011.

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Hedgehogs are very useful visitors to any garden. They eat slugs, beetles, caterpillars and a variety of other cute creepy crawlies, in fact, everything that makes holes in your plants will probably be the prey of these spiky fellows, making them a must have in any garden.

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Don't let them burn.   Hedgehogs hibernate in late autumn when just about all their food supply has itself either hibernated, migrated or gone deep into the ground. They then find somewhere dry and start building a nest.

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There are 17 species of bats in the UK and all of them eat insects. They consume tons of them from spring to autumn. If you grow flowers that attract a range of insects into your garden, you can become a feeding station for a multitude of wildlife such as bats and birds and nature foots the bill!

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At Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, we rehabilitate many bats each year and of varying species. If you find an injured bat - using gloves - put it in a dark ventilated box on a towel and bring him into us. A bat on the ground is in danger.  

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