Hedgehogs under threat of extinction, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust says

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Increased human activity among other factors is seemingly taking a toll on the population of hedgehogs in Gloucestershire, the county’s wildlife trust has said urging people to help out these under threat mammals.

Through a new report, the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has revealed how the small animals are under threat and has urged people to extend their help to save these animals. In a bid to raise awareness about hedgehogs, TV presenter and trust president Ellie Harrison has recorded a special hedgehog film wherein she describes how over the course of last seventy years, hedgehogs have suffered serious decline.

The video highlights the worrying fact and Harrison says that if this trend continues, in just a few generations from now, hedgehogs may no longer form part of our wild ecology nor will they be enjoyed by our great-grandchildren.

While scientists and conservationists are still working to find the exact reasons behind their decline, they have suggested that intensive agriculture, loss of hedgerows and grassland, use of pesticides, tidier gardens and new houses, and new roads are some of the reasons that are playing a role in their decline.

“The accumulation of all these factors in Gloucestershire is isolating hedgehogs into smaller pockets making local extinction more likely”, says Dr. Colin Studholme of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

The trust is urging people to get involved and help the trust out by tell them about hedgehog sightings and ‘non-sightings’.

“Our message is simple,” continues Ellie Harrison, “we can save Gloucestershire’s hedgehogs but we really need your help.”

With over 600 sightings already reported, the Trust has put together an action plan to halt the decline in Gloucestershire. This includes working with local communities to help them improve their local areas for hedgehogs, establish the first hedgehog “Living Landscape” in the county where hedgehog conservation will be a priority, work with developers in order to make new developments more hedgehog friendly, and raise awareness of what individuals can do to make their own gardens fit for hedgehogs.