Believe it or not, hedgehogs have been around for at least 15 million years (to put that in perspective, modern humans have only been around for about 200,000 years) and have changed very little in that time! There are 16 different species of hedgehog, spanning 5 genera, which are found natively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa (introduced hedgehogs are also present in New Zealand). The species found in Britain is Erinaceus europeaus and it tends to live among woodlands, hedgerows, scrub and cultivated land. They are also commonly found in human-modified environments like gardens and parks.
What do these spiky critters eat?
Why are they in drastic decline?
Which animals hunt hedgehogs?
Why are they called 'Hedgehogs'?
All about baby hedgehogs
There are 16 hedgehog species!