The new paper, written by David Wembridge, Martin Newman, Paul Bright and Pat Morris is titled “An estimate of the annual number of hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) road casualties in Great Britain.”
Counts of hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) road casualties identified in car surveys have been used previously only once to estimate road traffic mortality nationally (Morris, 2006). In this paper, data from four surveys (conducted between 1952 and 2004) were used to estimate annual road-casualty numbers in Great Britain. The estimate of 167,000–335,000 is substantially greater than Morris’ (2006) value, with possible implications for hedgehog conservation.
To find out more about the study and read the full paper, please visit the Mammal Communications pages of our website.