For ten years I've been trying to assist our local hedgehogs.
Originally trapped in neighbours' tellytubby gardens, I've been talking to neighbours, digging tunnels under fences, drilling tunnels under side doors, unblocking tunnels that neighbours filled in again, feeding and watering and giving hedgehogs shelter spots and hibernacula - all the while allowing the animals to come and go (permanently if necessary) as they please.
We've had up to four individuals coming into our gardens each night.
We've had hedgehogs squashed on the road.
We've had foxes turn them over and eat them.
But THIS year... we have three superb wee baby hedgehogs explore the garden before dusk in July - and throughout the night.
We've done it!
(Video made up of handheld thermal camera footage in first clip followed by a few trail camera clips, spliced together).