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State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2015

The State of Britain's Hedgehogs is an update of the status of both rural and urban hedgehog populations.

The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report is the definitive assessment of how hedgehogs populations are fairing in Britain. It involves a statistical assessment of four major surveys covering both rural and urban areas. This report builds on a previous assessment made in 2011. It will be produced every two years.

It is critical that we have accurate information about changes in hedgehog populations to

  • shed light on how hedgehogs are doing
  • provide evidence to encourage people to act
  • to assess the impact of conservation measures

Key findings of 2015 report

  1. The picture suggests a continuing decline, in both rural and urban landscapes.
  2. Since 2000, rural populations have declined by at least a half and urban populations by up to a third in the same period.
  3. The downward hedgehog trend in Living with Mammals is the same whether badgers are present or not.

PTES mammal surveys are key to assessing hedgehog trends

A robust understanding of hedgehog population trends underpins our conservation agenda at People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). We run the two most important long-term mammal surveys in the UK:

  1. Mammals on Roads – this has provided information about rural hedgehog populations since 2001
  2. Living with Mammals – this has provided information about urban/suburban hedgehog populations since 2003

We always need new people to take part in these surveys so please help us collect information about this charismatic animal.

Download the State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2015

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Download the State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2011

Download background BTO report to State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2011: “UK Hedgehog Datasets and their Potential for Long-Term Monitoring”

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