From the Guardian : It is a prickly character with a voracious appetite, a passion for gardens and a noisy sex life, and now the hedgehog has been chosen as the best natural emblem for the British nation. NAEE_UK is focused on the UK creatures!
The insectivorous mammal, which has rapidly declined in numbers in recent years, surprisingly triumphed over the charismatic badger and the oak in a BBC Wildlife Magazine poll to find a national species for Britain. See also http://www.discoverwildlife.com/british-wildlife/britains-national-species-revealed
The victory for the ultimate “underdog” – 42% of more than 9,000 votes cast were for the hedgehog – was welcomed by Ann Widdecombe, who is patron of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
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