It’s way past your bedtime

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HEDGEHOGS were seen shuf­fling around gar­dens well into De­cem­ber, far be­yond their usual Novem­ber to March hi­ber­na­tion cur­few, re­ports the BTO. Vol­un­teers re­ported more hedgehogs in gar­dens in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, for­ag­ing for earth­worms and in­sects to add to their win­ter stores, than in any pre­vi­ous year, prob­a­bly as a re­sult of the mild weather—the mean tem­per­a­ture for De­cem­ber last year was 2.1˚ above av­er­age. This was es­pe­cially the case in the south­ern and east­ern parts of the UK. Now that it’s suit­ably cold, hedgehogs should be fast asleep. If you see one, it could be sick or in­jured and you’re ad­vised to con­tact your lo­cal vet, the Bri­tish Hedge­hog Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety (www.british­hedge­hogs.org.uk) or a lo­cal wildlife cen­tre.

Per­haps bet­ter known for po­etic non­sense, Ed­ward Lear—who painted The For­est of Val­doniello, Cor­sica (above)—is among the many 18th- and 19th-cen­tury Bri­tish wa­ter­colourists whose work, some of which has never be­fore been ex­hib­ited, is part of the Eton Col­lege Col­lec­tions and will be shown at the up­com­ing Works on Pa­per Fair in at the Royal Geo­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety, Lon­don SW7 (Fe­bru­ary 9–12, www.work­son­pa­per­fair.com)

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