DECIMATED: Fears for humble hedgehog as UK population drops below 1million for first time

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HEDGEHOGS risk being wiped out if more is not done to prevent the garden mammal being needlessly killed, wildlife experts have warned

The hedgehog population fell by 35.5million over 65 yearsGETTY

The hedgehog population fell by 35.5million over 65 years

The British hedgehog population is estimated to have dropped by 35.5million with less than 1million of the spined animals left in the country

Roads, enclosed gardens, loss of hedgerows and woods, lawnmowers, slug pellets, dogs, badgers and bonfires are some of the creature’s biggest threats.

In 1950 there were an estimated 36.5million hedgehogs foraging in the UK, meaning an average of around 546,000 a year have been wiped out since.

Numbers fell by a third over the last decade alone.

Wildlife and gardening groups aim to use Wild About Gardening Week from October 26 to November 1 to raise awareness about what families can do to help reverse the decline.

The Royal Horticultural Society, the Wildlife Trusts, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and holiday letting company holidaycottages.co.uk.

The mobile home park company worked with the North Devon Hedgehog Rescue to build what they believe to be the ideal home for nocturnal hedgehogs to keep safe from any dangers and threats that the typical UK garden would pose.

The spacious home features shelter and enough room for up to four hedgehogs to keep warm and safe whilst they sleep, and they are now encouraging homeowners and people on theirmobile home parks to do the same.

Gardens can be safe havens for hedgehogs but also full of hidden dangersGETTY

Gardens can be safe havens for hedgehogs but also full of hidden dangers

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