Yesterday I had topped up my compost heap with vegetable peelings and spent cat litter and went on a mini tour of my estate. Going past the pond where I expected to see the odd frog I saw a foreign object floating in the duckweed. Upon closer inspection I was horrified to find the thing that looked like a welcome mat was the spines of a drowned juvenile hedgehog. I fished the poor thing out and realised there was a second floating upside down. I had thought hedgehogs could swim and speculated that these two youngsters had gone for a lark in the water but could not get a grip on the plastic sides. After giving them a decent burial and mourning their loss I decided I needed to prevent a recurrence and devise an action plan. Warning notices are of little use to hedgehogs so I toyed with the idea of a floating jetty / walkway but eventually settled on a mini fence and a bowl borrowed from my cat full of water they could splash around in ( or even drink). Any better ideas for safeguarding hedgehogs ?