The Plights of the Hedgehog

Have you been fortunate enough to see – or hear - a hedgehog in your garden this year? When we moved to Gloucestershire over 20 years ago, we would often hear the noise of hedgehogs at night. Today, sadly, the hedgehogs no longer visit our garden and I wonder why? Hopefully, we will gain an insight into the problems faced by these remarkable creatures from John Crowther who will talk about ‘the Plight of the Hedgehog’ at our next meeting on Tuesday 17th December. We meet at 2.15 for a 2.30 pm start, at the Hub, Tobacconist Road and after the talk, we will enjoy some seasonal refreshments.

We ask for a contribution towards meeting costs of £1 from members and £4 from visitors, although it is possible to join CNFC at the meeting for £20 - or £30 for two people at the same address - to cover membership for 2020 and pay the member’s meeting charge of £1.

Our programme of visits in 2020 is well-advanced with trips already planned to Sussex, and to Warwickshire for Compton Verney and Upton House. By popular demand, there will be a second chance to enjoy a boat trip along the Kennet & Avon Canal, visiting the Dundas and Avoncliff Aqueducts, plus the Claverton Pumping Station in operation. Further afield, we shall visit Dublin - staying in Trinity College - and Co. Wicklow. By January, when we publish our Winter Newsletter, we will also have agreed on our local visits and guided walks, plus all the talks at the Hub. If you would like to receive a copy of the Newsletter, please contact me on 01452 813228 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. You will find that our activities are wideranging: the Cotteswold Naturalists’ Field Club promotes interest in the natural history, environment, antiquities and culture of the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire and elsewhere, through talks, excursions and guided walks.

I wish readers a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year,

Jane Rowe, The Cotteswold Naturalists