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Hedgehog population in decline in south east
8:10am Wednesday 30th January 2013 in News
Hedgehogs are disappearing faster in the south east than any other region in the country.
The dramatic decline has seen 51% fewer reports of the animals in 2012 compared to 2004.
There are up to five per cent fewer of the prickly animals spotted each year.
The trends shows hedgehogs are disappearing as quickly as tigers and, if they were birds, would be given a ‘red alert’ listing.
New figures have been revealed in a ten-year trend analysis by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).
Surveys officer David Wembridge said: “Continuous monitoring each year is vital to help us build a more complete picture of the state of the UK’s wild mammal populations.”
In an effort to gather more data about hedgehogs, PTES and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society are appealing to volunteers to take part in the Hedgehog Hibernation Survey which starts on February 1.
In its second year the survey is in an attempt to find out more about the creature’s patterns of behaviour, which in turn will help inform practical conservation action.
To join in visit www.hedgehogstreet.org.
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