Latin name: Erinaceus europaeus

The hedgehog is a species that was formerly widespread across many areas of the country including the Yorkshire Dales National Park. In recent years its national population has been declining.

There is good potential for hedgehogs throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park except at high altitudes. Due to the lack of recording the current status of this species is unknown but it is hoped that by taking part in the national 2013 Hibernation Survey organised by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society we will find out more about this species in the Dales.

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There is a freshness and at times a undefineable fragrance to the air at high altitude in the Pennines. Joan E. Duncan & R.W.Robson

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