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Hedgehogs are greatly reduced in rural Britain

As the number of hedgehogs in Britain’s countryside is declining, British nature conservation organizations are paying close attention.

The rural population has shrunk by 30 to 75 per cent since the beginning of the millennium, mostly in the east of the UK, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) said on Tuesday.

Conservationists estimate that only 897,000 specimens of endangered species will live in the UK by 2018, mainly because their habitat is narrow or fragmented, but many animals have been affected by dogs and road accidents.

Female hedgehog in the shelter in the early morningSource: Zoltan Orban

However, there are also encouraging signs that, for example, in cities, the stock is re-emerging. Although the number of urban hedgehogs decreased by a quarter in the first decade of the century, the population accustomed to the urban environment seems to have remained stable ever since.

This situation highlights the importance of gardens and green spaces and local measures for the future of the species, said conservationists who want to work closely with farmers to find hedgehogs in rural areas in the future. Native there for half a million years.

The population has been declining historically, but most recently the fate of the rural and urban population seems to have split, activists pointed out in a statement on Tuesday.

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