A study of home range and movements in the hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)

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Radio-tagged hedgehogs were studied on an area of traditionally managed farmland to obtain information about distances travelled and range areas used per night in this habitat. Data from five animals were obtained on 62 hedgehog/nights. Twelve of the data sets were eliminated owing to their incompleteness; observations of three animals (totalling 45 hedgehog/nights of acceptable data) were critically examined to establish basic procedures for future comparative studies. The concept of ‘home range’ is discussed in relation to the duration of study periods.

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