Habitat Loss and Pesticides
One of the biggest threats to hedgehogs is habitat loss. Over the last several decades, intensive farming practices have favoured larger fields to accommodate heavy machinery and maximise crop yields. Such size increases have coincided with the removal of hedgerows, permanent grassland and other valuable hedgehog habitats, thereby reducing the availability of safe nesting sites and leaving hedgehogs more vulnerable to foxes, badgers, stoats and other predators.
Hedgerow removal coupled with the prolonged, heavy use of commercial pesticides has also served to reduce the abundance of invertebrates on which hedgehogs rely for food - further decreasing habitat suitability for hedgehogs. We are always keen to work with farmers to encourage hedgehogs. Modern farming can have a positive effect on hedgehog populations with input from us.