RSPB Spotlight: Hedgehogs


RSPB Spotlight: Hedgehogs Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing Pages: 128 Illustrations and other contents: 200 colour photos ISBN: 9781472950086 Categories: ,

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.

Weight0.3 kg
Profusely illustrated, and written in an informal, engaging style ... it manages to tell you just about everything you could possibly want to know about hedgehogs, including in many cases how surprisingly little we know -- Ken Thompson * British Ecological Society's 'The Niche' magazine *

Author Biography

James Lowen is a nature and travel writer, editor and photographer. Since returning to the UK after several years of leading wildlife tours in South America and Antarctica, he has reconnected with British wildlife. His nine books include A Summer of British Wildlife (Travel Guide Book of the Year, 2016), 52 Wildlife Weekends and RSPB Spotlight: Badgers. He regularly writes for magazines such as BBC Wildlife, The Countryman and Bird Watching. @JLowenWildlife /