Today's post comes courtesy of the latest magazine from the BRITISH HEDGEHOG PRESERVATION SOCIETY (BHPS) an organisation I'm proud to be a lifetime member of.
Before today's 'hedgehoggy' contribution to FreeVerse which as always is hosted by Cara over at OOH ... BOOKS! I thought to pass on the following which might be of interest:-
* To follow the BHPS on Facebook simply search for 'British Hedgehog Preservation Society' and click on the page link then 'become a friend' OR click HERE.
** Whilst to follow on Twitter go to www.twitter.com/hedgehog society.
*** For those of you who happen to be hedgehog fans and/or stamp collectors you might be interested to hear that the hedgehog is celebrated on a new stamp from the Royal Mail. Released this month, the BHPS have teamed up with the UK's leading producer of first day covers to make an official hedgehog first day cover.
A limited edition by award winning designer, Cath BUCKINGHAM (FIRST DAY COVERS), the cover features the new stamp, a lovely photograph of a hedgehog and a special BHPS postmark with a limited number being personally autographed by the society's patron.
The covers cost £11.95 unsigned or £22.95 signed but please ensure you order through the link on the BHPS website (as highlighted before) for 40% of every sale to go to the charity.
**** Sell your unwanted goods on ebay and raise funds for the BHPS. 'ebay For Charity' allows you to list an item on on ebay and donate 10-100% of your final sale to the society. To learn more visit www.ebay.co.uk/charityThis verse about a weather-wise hedgehog is taken from the POOR ROBIN'S ALMANAC written in 1733.
Observe which way the
Hedgehog builds her nest,
To front the north or south,
Or east or west;
For 'tis true that common
The wind will blow the quite
If, by some secret art the
So long before, which way
The wind will blow,
She has an art which many
A person lacks
That thinks himself fit to
Make our almanacs.