The number of hedgehogs in the UK fell by a third in 2003 to less than one million individuals in 2012, British gazetaGuardian with reference to the National Research Foundation for the Preservation of endangered species (PTES).
"According to the Fund's accounting urchins, from 2003 to 2012 their population in the suburbs and urban areas declined by 37%. Almost ten analysis shows that the number of hedgehogs in the kingdom decreased significantly. Reduce their rate of population is comparable to the decrease in tiger numbers," — said in the study.
The exact reasons for the reduction in numbers of these insect is not known, but scientists believe that the decrease in the population may be caused due to the destruction of natural habitats and the division of the range of these animals to pieces, for example, due to the construction of highways. In addition thousands of hedgehogs are killed each year on the roads.
Reducing the number of hedgehogs scientists note from the middle of last century, when their population in the UK reached 36 million individuals. However, in the mid-1990s, it dropped to two million animals.
However, according to scientists in the near future there is no threat of extinction of the insectivores. However, a marked decline in the population of hedgehogs will impact on the ecosystem, the report said.