Beneficial land management for hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in the United Kingdom

Yarnell, R.W. ORCID: 0000-0001-6584-7374 and Pettett, C.E., 2020. Beneficial land management for hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in the United Kingdom. Animals, 10 (9): 1566. ISSN 2076-2615

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Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are traditionally thought of as being a rural dwelling species, associated with rural and agricultural landscapes across Europe. However, recent studies have highlighted that hedgehogs are more likely to be found in urban than rural habitats in the United Kingdom. Here, we review the status of rural hedgehog populations across the UK and evaluate the potential benefits of agri-environment schemes for hedgehog persistence, while highlighting a lack of empirical evidence that agri-environment options will benefit hedgehog populations. Our synthesis has implications for future conservation strategies for hedgehogs and insectivorous mammals living in agricultural landscapes, and calls for more empirical studies on agri-environment options and their potential benefits to hedgehogs.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Animals
Creators: Yarnell, R.W. and Pettett, C.E.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 3 September 2020
Volume: 10
Number: 9
ISSN: 2076-2615
Rights: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Sep 2020 13:31
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:13

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