How good must hibernating be? The downside is you miss Christmas of course, but the upside is not to be sniffed at. If all goes to plan you miss the worst of the weather and wake up fully refreshed just as the daffs start poking through.
I nearly stepped on a hedgehog last week which had just emerged from its hedgehog house for a first forage. It looked healthy and contented (much as Beatrix Potter would have wished for Mrs Tiggywinkle). The ladybirds too seem to be more abundant than ever. Seems like they have enjoyed their rest.