Believe it or not, hedgehog sightings used to be much more common, but since 2002 the species’ population has declined by 30%. Studies reveal there are only about one million left in the UK.
Some wildlife groups claim that hedgehog numbers are ‘down by half’. Britain’s favourite mammals are in a catastrophic decline. With habitat loss and climate change altering our winters, combined with growing urban sprawl, our natural world is changing – for species like the hedgehog time is running out fast. The mild winters are affecting hibernation – hedgehogs are coming out of hibernation earlier than ever before, or not hibernating at all, adding further to their plight.
Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom! There are a number of ways we can help – especially if we are willing to share our garden spaces and follow some simple guidelines.