The whole hog
IT was a delight to find such a positive review of my latest book, Linescapes, in COUNTRY LIFE (May 24). However, an error managed to sneak in and I feel I need to offer clarification. It was suggested that ‘the entire hedgehog population only requires a habitat the size of three golf courses’. Now, I know that hedgehog numbers are in steep decline (I work as a spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society), but things haven’t got that bad.
I was highlighting how large an area a viable population requires—about 90 hectares [about 220 acres] or three golf courses—not the entire 500,000 or so hedgehogs left throughout the countryside. Let us hope we can stop things from getting to that. Hugh Warwick, by email