Today has been designated the International day of Forests by the UN. Now how can I relate forests to my research on hedgehogs? As I mentioned in a previous post, hedgehogs have been around for millions of years. Therefore, they evolved without farmland hedges and in a more diverse habitat with patches of forest and open grassland. Forest and scrub were therefore, the only cover for hedgehogs from predation.
Trees are still very important to today's hedgehogs. They still provide cover, and hollows in roots create great nest sites. Macro-invertebrates in leaf litter provide a great foraging opportunity for a rooting hedgehog.
Hedgehogs will certainly be appreciating the trees today, here's how you can: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/news/latest/international-day-of-forests/
Forests are the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on land, home to more than 80% of the terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects. Forests also provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent communities.