Post-recovery radio monitoring of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus Linnaeus, 1758) in the Sierra de Collserola Natural Park (Barcelona)

  • Published source details Cahill S., Llimona F., Tenés A., Carles S. & Cabañeros L. (2011) Radioseguimiento post recuperación de erizos europeos (Erinaceus europaeus Linnaeus, 1758) en el Parque Natural de la Sierra de Collserola (Barcelona). Galemys, 23, 63-72.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Rehabilitate injured, sick or weak mammals

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Rehabilitate injured, sick or weak mammals

    A study in 2006–2008 in four forest and farmland sites in a protected area near Barcelona, Spain (Cahill et al. 2011) found that more than half of rehabilitated European hedgehogs Erinaceus europaeus released back into the wild survived over 20 days and one hedgehog survived for at least four months. Ten of 15 released hedgehogs survived for at least 9–136 days in the wild before their radio-tags were lost. Eight of them survived for at least 22–58 days, and one survived for at least four months. The other five hedgehogs died within two months of release due to predation (two hedgehogs), accidents (two hedgehogs) or unknown causes (one hedgehog). In 2006–2008, seven male and eight female rehabilitated hedgehogs were released across four sites in Collserola Natural Park. No details about rehabilitation are provided, but all individuals were considered healthy at the time of release. The released hedgehogs were radio-tagged and their locations were recorded 9–42 times over 5–136 days between July 2006 and June 2008

    (Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)

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