READERS’ POETRY: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, February 26

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This week’s poem, called Hedgehogs, is by Mervyn Crown

Hedgehogs they say are in decline

But they seem to congregate round mine

I put out food every night

So they put on weight ready to hibernate.

Mealworms, peanuts, dry food and treats

Is what I put out for them to eat

A concrete slab sunk in the ground

Is their feeding place all year round.

It’s not just food but water they need

So they can have a drink as they feed

Water they have in a shallow dish

So they can drink as they wish.

Their numbers I know have increased

So I’ll keep feeding them for a time at least

Last year I thought there was only four

Now there could be six, eight, ten or even more.

Their little faces are quite sweet

As I sometimes stand and watch them eat

But as winter approaches and they disappear

I’ll be ready with some food again next year.

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