This article describes how some species have come to flourish in urban areas. With habitat destruction in their usual habitats animals, such as foxes, will take advantage of the food available in towns and cities.

Like the fox, the hedgehog benefits from food available in urban areas. Not only will they take left overs but are often purposefully fed. In fact, the general public are even more aware of the correct things to leave out for hedgehogs. For example, bread and milk, which is bad for hedgehogs, is being replaced by pet food or specially made hedgehog food.

Villages and towns can also offer hedgehogs refuge from predation from badgers. However, living in close proximity to humans has many other perils for hedgehogs including; traffic, dogs, poisoning from slug pellets and entanglement in sports and garden netting.