Hedgehog numbers in serious decline

Hedgehog numbers in East Sussex are declining by three to five per cent each year, according to the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).

Between 2001 and 2011, records of hedgehogs in the Trust’s annual Mammals on Roads survey fell by 32 per cent. In an effort to gather further data about hedgehogs, PTES and BHPS are appealing to volunteers to take part in the Hedgehog Hibernation Survey which starts on February 1. “Continuous monitoring each year is vital to help us build a more complete picture of the state of the UK’s wild mammal populations,” said a spokesman.