Researchers are investigating how many hedgehogs are killed on our roads in a bid to help the UK’s declining population.
A Nottingham Trent University team will also study whether tunnels under roads could reduce the number of deaths.
Experts believe the animals are struggling with lost habitats, increased competition and traffic.
Researchers hope this study could help stop the creatures’ decline and provide guidance for planners and developers.
The study, part funded by wildlife charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), will assess the numbers of hedgehogs killed on roads, as well as how many live in the area.
It will help determine whether the problem is so serious in some places that the local population is at risk of disappearing,.