Ghosts in the Hedgerow: A Hedgehog Whodunnit – who or what is responsible for our favourite mammal’s decline

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Ghosts in the Hedgerow: A Hedgehog Whodunnit – who or what is responsible for our favourite mammal’s decline Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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Pages: 272 Language: English ISBN: 9780857528445 Categories: , , , ,

A body lies motionless on the ground. Small, with a snouty head and covered with spines, it is unquestionably dead before its time. And all of those gathered around the corpse are suspect. So which one of them is responsible for this crime – and for the disappearance of many many thousands of hedgehogs in recent decades? Is it the car driver, the badger, the farmer, the gardener ..? Who could possibly have it in for a hedgehog? In poll after poll they come out top as our favourite mammal. And yet their numbers are estimated to have halved in less than twenty years. Magnifying glass in hand, Tom Moorhouse investigates the evidence. On a vital mission to bring those responsible to justice, prevent further murder and save a species, he uncovers a story full of twists, turns and uncomfortable truths about the trade-offs that exist between humans and wildlife. But he can also see a solution.

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Author Biography

Dr Tom Moorhouse is a conservation research scientist who worked for over twenty years at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, part of Oxford University's Zoology Department. Over his career he has researched quite a lot of British wildlife, most of which tried to bite him. The hedgehogs were an exception, and he is still grateful for their forbearance. Tom is the author of Elegy for a River and also award-winning children's fiction. He lives with his wife and daughter in Oxford. One day he hopes to persuade wild hedgehogs back into his garden.