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hedgehog

nocturnal, insectivorous and immune to snakebite, this spiny animal plays a beneficial role in an environment by controlling some pests. Called also Erinaceus erinaceus, a member of the family Erinaceidae.

hedgehog fleas
see flea.
hedgehog grass
hedgehog tick
see ixodeshexagonus.
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Twiggy, Patron of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, said: "Seeing hedgehogs in our garden when I was a child was a magical experience.
As well as feeding on slugs and snails, hedgehogs also eat groups of beetles, caterpillars, earthworms and even birds' eggs, as well as meatbased dog and cat food, or dry hedgehog food available from garden centres and online.
Fay Vass, chief executive of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society says: "There is so much we can do to help hedgehogs, and with hedgehog numbers in decline it is more important now than ever.
The hedgehog improvement area, around Solihull's Elmdon Park in the West Midlands, will be managed by a volunteer team of wildlife guardians.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's scheme, funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, will also work with the local community to raise awareness of the animals' plight and bring in hedgehog-friendly measures such as small holes in their fences.
Families will also be urged to carry out surveys using hedgehog footprint tunnels and remote wildlife cameras.
The attraction to the animals may have started with a video game -- ''Sonic'' is a blue hedgehog who runs at supersonic speeds and curls into a ball to attack its enemies -- but it has grown through people sharing pictures of their pets on social media and elsewhere online.
BHPS chief executive Fay Vass says: "There is so much the gardener can do to help hedgehogs, and with hedgehog numbers in decline it is more important now than ever.
Whether it's a reduction of 35 million or 10 million, the fact remains that the hedgehog population is declining at an alarming rate," said ecologist Hugh Warwick.
When I came to Qatar in 2007, practically nothing was known in terms of ecology and behaviour of the Ethiopian hedgehog (Paraechinus aethiopicus)," the researcher recalled.
Pacheco says: "There is some evidence that where badger densities are high, hedgehog populations are low or absent.