The whole hog

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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