We are extremely lucky to have our very own resident hedgehog in The Enchanted Wood! I spotted it one evening whilst I was actually conducting an amphibian survey, so I made sure to put my trail camera up the next day, and so far I have captured at least 5 visits in the past fortnight. Adult hedgehogs travel between 1-2 km per night over home ranges between 10-20 hectares in size, which explains why Mr or Mrs Tiggywinkle has appeared only a handful of times. Sadly, the once common hedgehog is now under threat from development and habitat loss caused by the reduction of hedgerows and increase in intensification of our agricultural landscapes. In just the last 10 years, hedgehog numbers have fallen by 30%, and there are now thought to be fewer than one million left in the UK. Combined, our gardens provide a space for wildlife larger than all our National Nature Reserves, so by gardening in a wildlife-friendly way, we can help our spiny companions to find a home and move safely between habitats to find mates and food. More information on hedgehogs and how we can help can be found at The Wildlife Trust as well as the British Hedgehogs Preservations Society.
I hope you enjoy the clip!