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Scouting Foxes, Badgers, and Hedgehogs in England - Weekender

What is really going on with the creatures you see scampering in your garden?

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Why the research is important

Researchers think that hedgehogs are most common in English cities, followed by foxes, then badgers. Help find out if that’s true.

Most people now live in cities—and plenty of animals do, too.

These researchers will examine how this arrangement works for some species by asking questions that include: How dense are populations of foxes, hedgehogs, and badgers, and are their populations declining, rising, or holding steady? How do these creatures behave in different areas? And how do people influence population trends and behaviors of these animals by owning pets, having gardens, feeding wildlife or actively deterring them?

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Help track fox behavior in England.

By tracking the signs of fox, badger, and hedgehog activity, you’ll help develop an accurate idea how their populations are doing in England’s urban centers. You’ll also help the researchers understand what determines how they fare. These findings can help municipal governments better manage their mammals and make urban green spaces—including our own backyards—more enjoyable and safe for people and animals alike.

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Brighton, United Kingdom, Europe & Russia

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Dawn
Scott
Principal Lecturer in Ecology, University of Brighton

ABOUT Dawn Scott

Dr. Dawn Scott specializes in mammalian predator and prey ecology. She has more than ten years of research experience and expertise in mammal ecology, biodiversity, and behavior.

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