Hedgehogs and badgers
Untangling the roles of prey availability, habitat quality and predation as predictors of hedgehog abundance
Increasing badger numbers have been implicated in the decline of hedgehogs in the UK, although it is unknown whether direct predation or increased competition for food explains this negative relationship. This project will aim to determine what habitat features enable the two species to co-exist in rural areas in order to advise farmers how to sensitively manage the land to support both species. We will compare key ecological and environmental factors such as hedgerow complexity, food abundance and land use across multiple areas of differing hedgehog and badger abundance, in order to predict co-existence.
Watch this space for updates from our team at Nottingham Trent University.