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It started with a street …

Hedgehogs are in the news, again. You have to admit that we have a pretty good PR machine in operation around this rather special animal. And it trundles along, oblivious to all the fuss – unless we have recruited one to be a film star as I have done on a few occasions. But today [...]

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Atomic weapons, hedgehogs and a measure of humanity

I was only half-joking when I wrote in the Guardian last week that we should judge our politicians on their relationship to hedgehogs. It should be a measure of all people who aim to set themselves in authority to us, how they view the natural world. It does not have to be a passion for [...]

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Tree FM at Newbury by-pass protest

Many years ago I used to have lots of fun making radio packages for various programmes on BBC Radio 4 – in particular a programme called The Afternoon Shift which let me loose into the strangest worlds. I did a detailed look at the ancient sport of ‘Gut Barging’ for example, and an anthropological investigation [...]

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  • Hugh Warwick holding a toad

  • Hugh Warwick is an ecologist and writer with a particular fondness for hedgehogs. His first book, A Prickly Affair, remains the only book to have accolades from both Jeanette Winterson and Ann Widdecombe on the cover. The Beauty in the Beast is published in May 2012 and takes him on a journey in search of other animals. And in November 2012 he returns to hedgehogs with a book about the iconography of the animal.

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