Hedgehog Research Project

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Hedgehog Research Project by University Of Reading

Ecologists based at the University of Reading want your help. They are currently conducting a project examining the possible impact of road networks on hedgehog populations. It is estimated that hedgehog populations in some parts of the UK have declined by approximately 20% in the last 20 years, and one possible factor contributing to this decline is the fragmentation effect of major roads on hedgehog populations i.e. hedgehogs avoid crossing these major roads, leading to populations becoming more and more isolated from one another, which potentially makes them more vulnerable to other factors.

For this study, they are looking to obtain genetic samples from hedgehogs in a zone approximately 10 miles north and south of the M4 between Bristol and Reading. One source of these genetic samples is the bodies of hedgehogs that have been killed on the roads. If you live  in this study zone, please report any sightings of dead hedgehogs to hedgehogs@reading.ac.uk so the researchers can collect the remains and take a small tissue sample for analysis.

If you would like any more information please do not hesitate to contact Ben Williams on b.williams@pgr.reading.ac.uk

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