A woman saw a hedgehog by the railway line on Stoke Newington Common in late October. It may have been disturbed by the clearance work done on the railway cutting. Fortunately Tree Musketeers and Stoke Newington Common Users Group have planted a lot of trees, shrubs and climbers along the railway line so that there is some refuge habitat.

Hackney Biodiversity Partnership are developing a wildlife reporting scheme with Greenspace Information for Greater London.  In the meantime however, if you have seen a hedgehog in Hackney please post a common below with the location and an approximate date.  We know there are a few locations where hedgehogs may survive in Hackney but nationally they are in drastic decline and they are now completely lost or endangered in many areas in London.

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Comment by Russell Miller on February 5, 2013 at 9:58

Further reports include a LIVE hedgehog on the Lea Navigation near the Waterworks Nature Reserve - seen in daylight circa August 2012.

We installed a hedgehog house in Wick Woodland on Sat (2.2.13).

Comment by Russell Miller on November 29, 2012 at 18:38

Photos look like predation, presumably by fox.  Remains look fairly intatct because it's been eaten from iside out to avoid spines.

Well that's my guess. Urban fox populations and rural badgers are one factor in hedgehog decline.

Comment by Tim Evans on November 28, 2012 at 22:47

I've posted 2 photos - search Photos for 'hedgehog'

Comment by Russell Miller on November 27, 2012 at 16:33

Very curious. This sounds very similar to another dead hedgehog Annie and I found in Wick Woodland on 7.1.11. As I recall that one had a cut along its back. Can you describe the injury to yours in any more detail Tim?

I'm currently at a lose to explain these deaths.

Comment by Tim Evans on November 27, 2012 at 11:39

East Marsh, 25 November. Close to one of the log+earth bunds by the river. Dead, not decomposed, spine ripped out just behind the head, otherwise intact.

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