RSPB Spotlight Hedgehogs

RSPB Spotlight Hedgehogs

by James Lowen

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Overview

Much loved . . . but about to be lost? The hedgehog was voted Britain's favorite animal in 2013, yet numbers in the British countryside have halved this century. Generations of children have been captivated by Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and Romans feted hedgehogs as weather prophets, yet many cultures routinely consume hedgehog meat for medicinal uses as varied as alleviating arthritis and arresting impotence.

Unmistakably—and uniquely, in European terms—garbed in spines, this mammal is a "gardener's best friend". . . yet one upon which we are rarely lucky enough to clasp eyes. Hedgehogs have been legally persecuted for munching the eggs of rare birds, yet the recent appointment of Britain's first ever "hedgehog officer" was lauded by the national press. Familiar in appearance yet little known of lifestyle, the hedgehog is an ideal and iconic subject for Bloomsbury's RSPB Spotlight series.

Hedgehogs will be a lively, readable, and decadently illustrated account of one of Britain's most loved but most vulnerable animals. Separate chapters bring into sharp focus the hedgehog's biology and lifestyle, from foraging and sociability to defending a territory and building a nest. The book reveals what a hedgehog is and how it lives, and how it fits into both the natural (and human) environment and the wider animal kingdom. Chapters explain how best to find, watch, and help wild hedgehogs, and how its frankly bizarre body is utterly fit for purpose. Finally, the book investigates the relationship between hedgehogs and people—from film and fun to conservation and chips.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472950086
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.27(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

James Lowen is a wildlife writer, guide, consultant, and photographer. Upon his return to Britain from several years leading wildlife tours in South America and Antarctica, he has renewed his relationship with British wildlife. His writing career includes the books Pantanal Wildlife, Antarctic Wildlife, 52 Wildlife Weekends, A Summer of Wildlife, and the RSPB Spotlight: Badgers.

Table of Contents

Meet the Hedgehogs 4

Bodywork 20

Breeding and Growth 34

Home, Habits and Food 44

(Anti)social Life 68

Threats and Conservation 74

Hedgehogs and People 96

Hedgehogs in Culture 108

How to See Hedgehogs 114

Glossary 124

Acknowledgements 124

Further Reading 125

Resources 125

Image Credits 126

Index 127

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