Posted 1st May 2018 by Peter Byrne
Hedgehog sightings were found to have fallen again, a survey has found
Amazingly, nearly six in 10 (57 per cent) of those who were surveyed said they haven't seen a single one this year, the annual hedgehog survey by BBC Gardeners' World Magazine has revealed.
This was an increase from the 2016 figure of 51 per cent, and 48 per cent for 2015.
Of the 1,718 respondents, only nine per cent said they would regularly see hedgehogs regularly in their garden in 2017, which had fallen from 12 per cent in 2016.
A greater awareness of the plight of hedgehogs means more gardeners are taking steps to help them.
It was revealed that one in six people (17 per cent) had cut a hole in their garden fences to allow hedgehogs to roam freely, while 36 per cent were keeping leaves and twigs in their gardens so they hedgehogs could freely nest. Two-fifths (39 per cent) have also stopped using slug pellets.
Kevin Smith, BBC Gardeners' World Magazine deputy editor, said: "It’s alarming to see numbers of our cherished hedgehogs continuing to decline, as they’re such a vital part of any healthy garden and, more widely, our ecosystem."
"On a positive note, British gardeners are doing more than ever to try to save them".