I don’t think habitat loss is such an issue with badgers nor do they seem to have a shortage of natural food (grubs are prolific this spring after the mild winter)
I am wondering if Hedgehog numbers are higher in towns and villages because people are trying to encourage them. This creates a higher localised density leading to more predation. I deal with golf courses and despite what you think, a large area of a golf course >90% is unmaintained and therefore great for wildlife vs. agricultural land. I’ve asked my customers and they seldom see a Hedgehog in the wild or evidence of one.
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