Hedgehog
Animals, Mammals

Scientific name: Erinaceinae

The hedgehog is the most easily one of the most recognised of British mammals yet they are steadily disappearing from the wild.

Hedgehog’s are widespread, from Britain and rest of Europe, except the far north, across to Russia. Absent from most Scottish islands. Introduced to New Zealand.

Location:
widespread, from Britain and rest of Europe, except the far north, across to Russia. Absent from most Scottish islands. Introduced to New Zealand.
Specific name:
Erinaceinae
Habitat:
Mainly woodland habitats, hedgerows, fields, parks, town and country gardens.
Height:
Length:- 20 - 30 cm.
Weight:
Average 700g
Population:
About 1.5 million (1.1M in England; 0.31M in Scotland; and 0.145M in Wales).

Size and Family

  • Family – Arches, brindles, minors, rustics and allies (Noctuidae)
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 38-52mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

Grasses including Common Couch (Elytrigia repens) and Cock’s-foot (Dactylis glomeratus).

Habitat

Mainly woodland habitats, hedgerows, fields, parks, town and country gardens.

4MBHedgehog Information Booklet