I found this little chap - a common toad - nestling in the rotting kitchen waste on my active compost heap. He walked off when I removed the cardboard from the top so I could add the contents from my kitchen caddy without squishing him.
I decided to check out what was going on in my other heap - the one I've left alone to "mature" - because there were some potato plants growing on it that looked nearly ready. I lifted the cardboard and disturbed a common lizard, then dug around the potato plants and found myself grasping a toad. Not a pleasant experience for me, or the amphibian in question.
I couldn't decide if the toad I'd spotted on the active heap had made his way across to the other heap in record time, or if this was a similarly sized second toad.
I've seen toads and lizards on the heap before but it's good to know they're regular visitors.
I haven't seen a hedgehog yet this year on the allotment but Rick had a close encounter with one while picking blackcurrants a month or so ago (I am very jealous). It pottered out from the layer of dead leaves around the base of the cardoon plants, looked at him with a faintly bored expression then wandered off.
This is why it's important not to be too much of what my American friends would call a "neat freak" on your plot. Hedgehogs like nothing more than a pile of dead leaves in a corner to nestle into, and if you remove them all to leave bare soil, it's a far poorer environment for wildlife.