Cre­ate a home for hogs Let’s all do our bit for hedge­hogs! Sur­veys sug­gest that Bri­tish gar­dens are the last refuge for our prickly friends

Let’s all do our bit for hedge­hogs, says Adrian Thomas. Sur­veys show that gar­dens are their last refuge

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My gar­den is full of shrubs and flower bor­ders, log piles and se­cret hidey-holes, yet in the four years I’ve been here I have yet to see a sin­gle hedge­hog. I’ve not heard the tell-tale snuf­fling when I’m out at night look­ing for bats and there have been no sight­ings on my au­to­matic trip-wire trail cam­era. This is a sad re­flec­tion of the pic­ture across much of Bri­tain; for ev­ery 100 hedge­hogs that were here in the 1950s, there are just three to­day. The over­all pop­u­la­tion is now prob­a­bly less than a mil­lion, although ex­act num­bers are dif­fi­cult to pin down for this timid noc­tur­nal mam­mal. Sadly, the num­bers are still on a down­ward tra­jec­tory. This means that some pop­u­la­tions are be­com­ing iso­lated from each other; for ex­am­ple, the 30-40 in­di­vid­u­als still found in Re­gent’s Park

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