To thrive, the threatened beast needs more holes in our back gardens. Let’s make it our national symbol, and start digging for a prickly victory

Last night the MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, Oliver Colvile, stood up in parliament and made an impassioned speech in defence of the hedgehog. He suggested that in order to protect it, we should make it the national symbol of the UK.

The speech was met with some wonderful responses, including a quote that was new to me, the Pashtun saying that “in every happy home is a hedgehog”, along with more predictable references to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and William Shakespeare. This is the first discussion in parliament to take place since 1566 – and it is the first time I have been given a mention in Hansard – though being labelled as eccentric might take some living down.

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Source: Guardian Environment