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I haven’t ever come across a strong smell in a certain area from hedgehogs. If they are eating a mostly natural diet, I don’t think the poos smell all that much either, although they do tend to smell more if they’ve been eating a lot of cat food, i.e. if they are being cared for, for some reason.
They do apparently emit a smell if they are very frightened. I had a dog get into my garden once and it attacked a hedgehog. I could smell a sort of foxy smell and so to start with thought it was a fox. I was later told it may have been the hedgehog emitting the smell. But that was only temporary.
I have in the past sometimes had male cats spraying in my garden and that can be quite smelly and it also seems to hang around for a while. But it is quite a distinctive smell, which you may be familiar with, but they do tend to keep re-spraying the same place.
I expect you’ve already thought of the possibility of something dead? Or maybe it’s the wrong type of smell?
Difficult to say. Let us know if you solve the mystery.