Britain is frantically searching for its lost hedgehogs

Britain is frantically searching for its lost hedgehogs

London : United Kingdom | Feb 05, 2013 at 7:10 AM PST
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It is an ecological disaster - from 35-million hedgehogs that Britain boasted of in the 1950s, the number has plummeted to hardly one million today as reported in of dated 5th of February 2013.

The People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) have sounded the alarm and has indicated that between 2003 and 2012, there has been a decline of 37% in the population of these mammals - it is as alarming as the decline of tigers.

The hedgehogs used to be loved by gardeners because they would dig into the earth and eat up the slugs but, alas, they are seldom seen nowadays.

One of the reasons for such a miserable state of affairs is the loss of food and habitat - the hedgehogs are nocturnal mammals and feed on worms. beetles, slugs and snails but, due to industrialization the green spaces are lost, they have made way for concrete jungles.

The result is the fast dwindling numbers.

The boundary walls of our compounds, the concrete roads all contribute to the gradual extinction of the hedgehogs these poor mammals are unable to burrow into the ground and emerge at the other end and into a area which has not been devastated by development.

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