England’s hedgehogs,  one-time very common garden dwellers, are rarely seen around British gardens these days. Sadly their numbers are diminishing rapidly with the growth of the use of cars, busy roads and the popularity of much smaller, low maintenance gardens, designed for easy maintenance rather than wild animal usage.

Even though this page, created by the BBC, has been archived and has not been updated since 2014, it is still an excellent and informative page about hedgehogs. It has links to lovely video clips showing clearly what the little creatures, sometime called hedge pigs, are like and how they live.

‘A hedgehog’s history of conflict and love through the ages’, one of the videos on the site,  shows that the relationship between humans and hedgehogs is good and it explains the changing habitat for hedgehogs clearly.

‘Make a hog heaven’, another video clip, shows some of the differences between males and females, such as the space they need to live in.

Further down the same page, there is a section on the habitats that hedgehogs can be found in.

“The following habitats are found across England’s hedgehogs distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.”

The habitats that hedgehogs can be found in the UK are:

  • Farmland
  • Hedgerows
  • Parkland
  • Urban

There is also a recording of a hedgehog sniffing around (1.5 minutes long.) to be listened to on the page. It is a very distinctive sound that most children will not have heard before.

England's Hedgehogs