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Reports of UK roadkill down two-thirds – but will hedgehogs thrive after lockdown?


Roads are an unforgiving place for wildlife. The almost constant rush of cars, lorries, vans and buses means that animals brave enough to attempt a crossing risk a swift death.

Collisions with vehicles kill millions of animals worldwide each year. In fact, it’s the largest human-driven cause of death for vertebrate land animals, even surpassing hunting.

The hums, beeps and vibrations from vehicles extend for kilometres from the road itself. Artificial light that shrouds roads at night is so bright that it is visible from space. These unnatural conditions can disorientate animals, disrupting how effectively they can communicate and forage. MORE

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