Special Issue "Applied Hedgehog Conservation Research"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: behavioural and evolutionary ecology; chronobiology; wildlife telemetry; reintroduction and conservation of mammals; urban ecology; stress detection in wildlife; animal welfare; wildlife detection dogs; Przewalski horses; European hedgehog; roe deer
Interests: hedgehogs - especially behaviour and ecology, biotelemetry, wildlife ecology and conservation, urban ecology, animal welfare, citizen science
Despite their protected status and widespread popularity, the abundance of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) is steadily or strongly declining in several European countries, especially in rural areas. This decline is likely due to multiple factors, including habitat loss and fragmentation, a decline in the availability of invertebrate prey, and negative interspecific influences. Due to their secretive nocturnal habits and similar appearance, the long-term monitoring of this species is very time consuming. Thus, this Special Issue will include studies that contribute to the development of improved protection measures for the hedgehog, for example:
- Studies showing significant impacts on the behaviour and population dynamics of hedgehogs;
- Proven and effective protection measures for hedgehogs;
- Methods producing reliable population density estimates;
- Methods that improve long-term and large-scale monitoring; and
- Genetic studies of hedgehog populations.
Dr. Anne Berger
Dr. Nigel Reeve
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- European hedgehog
- Erinaceus europaeus
- wildlife conservation
- urban ecology
- population dynamics
- wildlife diseases
- population monitoring
- genetic population structure
- habitat fragmentation
- habitat connectivity