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Help needed with hedgehog conservation project along the M4 corridor including Towns and Villages including Cricklade Area

Cricklade Bugle

We are ecologists based at the University of Reading, currently conducting a project examining the possible impact of road networks on hedgehog populations. HedgeHog01It is estimated that hedgehog populations in some parts of the UK have declined by approximately 20% in the last 20 years, and one possible factor contributing to this decline is the fragmentation effect of major roads on hedgehog populations i.e. hedgehogs avoid crossing these major roads, leading to populations becoming more and more isolated from one another, which potentially makes them more vulnerable to other factors.

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