Hedgehogs are in serious trouble. Since the 1950s when they numbered an estimated 30 million, the UK population has crashed to fewer than a million. At this rate, one of our most popular mammals could be consigned to the realms of history.
They have inspired poetry, been compared to royalty and even attracted religious devotion.
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