Every time I spot a poor little skinny hedgehog out and about in November, I ask myself why? After 15 million years why haven’t hedgehogs stopped having babies so late in the year when they stand next to no chance of surviving the winter?
Every animal has predators. Everyone has to eat something. At the risk of going all “Lion King” on you, it’s the circle of life. But what about foxes and hedgehogs? They certainly live in the same kind of habitat. Foxes are carnivores and eat other animals. But do foxes eat hedgehogs? Should you be worried about your local hogs if a fox starts to visit your garden? Let’s look at the evidence.
Hedgehogs are one of the oldest mammals on the planet. They are Britain’s only spiny mammal and a national favourite. But their numbers have fallen from over 30 million in the 1950’s to less than one million today. So why is an animal that is loved by everyone and has survived over 15 million years suddenly in so much trouble