New Naturalist: Hedgehog
BY PAT MORRIS, COLLINS, £35
The hallowed halls of the New Naturalist Library, inaugurated in 1945 with E B Ford’s Butterflies, have just welcomed edition number 137. Usually focusing on groups rather than particular species, this classic series has made an exception for Britain’s favourite mammal, bestowing upon it a tome all its own. Pat Morris shares a lifetime of research in this authoritative, comprehensive account of all things hedgehog, from hibernation and behaviour to the role of citizen science in saving a species that we love but, sadly, now rarely see.