Families are being urged to make their gardens havens for hedgehogs in Nottinghamshire this coming year.
Nottinghamshire County Council country park rangers say hedgehogs are a rarity in the forests of the parks, but thrive in garden areas.
And they have encouraged people to play their part in making the prickly creatures welcome in their gardens.
Park ranger, Paul Cook, said: “Out of hibernation season, I have only seen one hedgehog in the forest in the last few years because there are more predatory creatures such which can target them. However, a garden environment is great for hedgehogs.”