Hedgehogs – when did you last see one?

Around Madog Barn in Crai we have recently been very fortunate to see a large hedgehog snuffling along the lane, enjoying slugs and beetles. We hadn’t seen one for several years, a fact echoed by several people we have spoken to from different areas.

Hedgehogs were declared a priority conservation species in 2007 following 2 major surveys which indicated that a quarter of the hedgehog population had been lost in recent years.

Why hedgehog numbers are falling is not known for certain. Reasons could be:

  • More intensive agriculture – with larger fields and the loss of hedgerows
  • Use of pesticides such as slug pellets can reduce the amount of prey available.
  • Smaller and tidier gardens , often paved over and with fencing that prevents hedgehogs moving between gardens may have reduced suitable urban habitats.
  • Tens of thousands of hedgehogs are killed by road traffic each year and road deaths . Hedgehogs can travel 1-2km in a night over home ranges of 10-50ha.

How can we help?

Find lots of useful information about hedgehogs at Hedgehog Street and more locally at Howey Hedgehog Rescue which has a great page on encouraging hedgehogs into your garden.

We’d love to hear if you have spotted a hedgehog in the Upper Usk Valley so do let us know !

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4 thoughts on “Hedgehogs – when did you last see one?

  1. But we live in an area with lots of organic farms, very little spaying, some great gardens and only small roads, still haven’t seen a hedgehog for years. We do live very close to an increasing number of Badger setts, the hedgehogs only natural enemy yet no one seems able to put 2 and 2 together. Badger kill hedgehogs if you protect one species you endanger another.

  2. We have a hedgehog! It visits our garden in Trecastle at night – it shuffles about in the garden & wakes the dogs up who in turn wake us up!

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