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Hedgehogs are hunting energetically — mostly at night — for slugs, snails and beetles, and they are building up plenty of fat around their shoulders. They are about to go into hibernation. Most of them will sleep continuously until March, without getting any more nourishment, so their bodies need to be well prepared. For their winter refuge they find a hole in a hedge bank, such as one that originally had a wasps’ nest in it, and line it with moss and dead leaves. Those that are still out and about often spend the day hidden in a pile of leaves, so they are particularly vulnerable at this time of year, when there are many bonfires. Gardeners should poke about in the leaves before they set fire to them. It is also desirable for people lighting a Guy Fawkes bonfire to make sure that there is not one of these spiny creatures lurking in it.
-Derwent May, The Times London, 3 November 2017.

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