Roads and Traffic
Hedgehogs have been named as the second-most likely animal to fall victim to cars or lorries. Hedgehogs now account for 16 per cent of road-kill. The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) surveyed one million creatures that were killed annually on the roads during the last fifteen years. PTES believes that in England, hedgehog numbers have fallen every year since 2001. Research suggests part of that decline in numbers could be down to hedgehogs’ traditionally poor road sense. While rabbits exhibited alarm when a vehicle got to within 161 metres, giving them around six seconds to get out of the way of a car travelling at 60mph, hedgehogs only began running once a vehicle was within hearing range (approximately 8 metres) with the inevitable outcome. It's estimated that between 100,000 and 200,000 are road casualties each year
A hedgehog's natural defence of curling up in a ball provides no protection from the modern dangers the animal faces.