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Good news for hedgehogs

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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SCIENTISTS at Exeter and Southampton Universities and the National Wildlife Management Centre have said in areas where trials of badger culls took place, the number of hedgehogs (pictured, right) has more than doubled.

The conservationists said while it is good news for hedgehogs, sadly their numbers are still falling in most of the country so more needs to be done in order to protect them.

The Badger Trust says hedgehog numbers have been affected by a number of different things like the mild winter and wet weather not just badgers (pictured, left).

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  • groundnut  |  May 08 2014, 6:13PM

    This article on Hedgehog numbers is a little misleading. In as much that it refers to areas where badger culling took place. But if you assumed that this was in Gloucester or Somerset following last year, you would be mistaken. This study took place over a period of four to six years and was related to the RBCT study areas. Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, Cotswolds. However the report in my view is not conclusive. Certainly the Badger is a predator within the chain. But the hedgehog is also a predator of other species. To quote from a part of the report "It is therefore possible that increased captures of hedgehogs in the current study were due not to changes in hedgehog numbers, but to changes in hedgehog behaviour, with hedgehogs being more visible or active in amenity grassland sites where badger numbers had been reduced"