Hedgehogs now found in just one fifth of rural areas as numbers plummet, study reveals


Hedgehog numbers have plummeted across rural areas, and they face potentially “catastrophic” future conditions, a new study reveals. Following estimates earlier this year that numbers had collapsed by as much as 97 per cent since the 1950s, the latest data indicates hedgehogs are suffering more in the countryside than in urban areas. The research, led by a team at Reading University, and published in the journal Nature, reveals between 2014 and 2015 hedgehogs were only present at 55 of 261 sites across England and Wales.

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