The hogs are back in Wanstead

Happy news for hedgehog hunting Wanstead folk. It seems the hedgehogs are back – or conceivably they never went away.

Wansteadium, which last week launched the Wanstead Hedgehog Hunt, is happy to announce the following sightings:

• Wansteadium reader Tony on Rodney Road, plus a non-plussed dog, spotted this rather impressively sized hog on 23 June.

• Nearby, on Colvin Gardens fellow reader Colin spotted another large hedgehog on 26 June, trotting along the pavement. Could easily be the same animal.

• Further away, at 3.15am on 26 June, Rebecca Strong had another sighting, tweeting:

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• And not too far from that, on 25 June, @AlasdairBain, who also follows @Wansteadium on Twitter sent this message:

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• Michael of Warren Road said he has a hedgehog which visits his garden most evenings.

So it seems there are at least two pockets of hedgehogdom surviving in Wanstead. The map below is looking a bit healthier (2011 live sightings are yellow markers) but there are still big gaps. Please keep your ears peeled for night-time snuffling. Report any sightings to

View Hedgehogs in Wanstead in a larger map