Rural hedgehog populations in decline: New report from PTES & BHPS
The Hedgehog Street website reports today that a new report jointly published by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) shows that while urban populations of hedgehopgs are holding up reasonably well, rural populations continue to decline.
Hedgehogs in Britain have undergone a long historic decline, but differences between urban and rural populations are increasingly apparent.
In urban areas, the picture is of a stable population showing signs of recovery. This highlights the importance of gardens and green spaces, and local action by people like you, our fantastic Hedgehog Champions.
In stark contrast, rural populations remain low. In the last two decades, numbers have continued to decline by between a third and three-quarters nationally. The largest declines are seen in the eastern half of England.
You can read the full report here