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An Ode to a Hedgehog

This week has marked National Hedgehog Week which encourages people to check for hedgehogs before they commence any activity (such as cutting/strimming the grass) which could hurt them.

In Milverton Gates Care Home in Coventry, one of the residents has a penchant for hedgehogs and wrote his own poem about them which he wanted to share.

The Hedgehog

He is a creature of the night
That’s when he whets his appetite
If you find him in your garden
Be sure to beg his pardon
Your botany ‘is not his meter
He’s just a slug and insect eater
A spiney coat and pointed snout
With bead eyes he trundles about
Eradicating garden ‘pests’
These are the things he does the best
Rolling himself into a ball
Helps in his defence and in a fall
Come the Autumn he’ll eat his fill
To see him through the winters chill
With spiney coat he’s not alone
On his back fleas find a home
When the time is right he’ll find a mate
Then wanders off leaving her to her fate
In winter he finds a nest!
Till Spring comes and disturbs his rest.

P.J Scattergood

Remember keep an eye out in your garden’s for hedgehogs.

Are you looking for a care home in Coventry? Milverton Gates offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care and respite care.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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