During the twilight hours and deep darkness of the night, hedgehogs can travel miles, looking for a mate or rooting through hedges and undergrowth in the search for food including insects, worms and snails. Lack of sightings could partially be due to their nocturnal activities not aligning with our own typically diurnal society.
Typical habitat for hedgehogs is woodland – with hedgerows and overgrown areas of our traditional British countryside providing suitable shelter for them. Sadly, with the proliferation of urban development, this natural habitat is diminishing, which has meant that the need for hedgehog homes has increased over the years. These provide a place of safety for hedgehogs in our own gardens.
According to The Guardian, “More than half of people surveyed had never seen a hedgehog.” While this research is potentially skewed by how the survey was conducted, and whether in an urban or rural populace, it remains an unmistakably shocking finding. In fact, studies reveal there are only about one million Erinaceus europaeus left in the UK.