Nesting Ecology of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in Urban Areas in Southeast Spain: Nest Habitat Use and Characteristics

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Títol: Nesting Ecology of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in Urban Areas in Southeast Spain: Nest Habitat Use and Characteristics
Autors: Marco-Tresserras, Jana | López Iborra, Germán M.
Grups d'investigació o GITE: Ecología y Conservación de Poblaciones y Comunidades Animales (ECPCA)
Centre, Departament o Servei: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología
Paraules clau: Day nest | Resting sites | Habitat selection | Urban habitats | Erinaceinae
Data de publicació: 29-de juliol-2023
Editor: MDPI
Citació bibliogràfica: Marco-Tresserras J, López-Iborra GM. Nesting Ecology of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in Urban Areas in Southeast Spain: Nest Habitat Use and Characteristics. Animals. 2023; 13(15):2453. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13152453
Resum: Appropriate nesting sites are needed for the presence of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in an area, along with food availability. However, little attention has been paid to them in the literature. This study aimed at analysing, for the first time, the environmental characteristics of nesting sites chosen by hedgehogs, their spatial distribution and the effect of sex and season on them in two types of urban parks in southeastern Spain. A total of 31 hedgehogs were equipped with GPS devices, and 130 hedgehog nests were located and described. Both sexes had a similar number of nests; however, the spatial distribution of the male nests was larger, and they changed nests more frequently than females. The environment around the nests and hosting structures used also differed between the sexes, with males using a higher variety of nesting structures available and females being more selective. The differences in topography and habitat composition of the two urban parks also affected hedgehog nesting ecology, especially in reference to artificial elements like cat feeders. Further studies of nest locations at a microhabitat level are needed to contribute to a better understanding of a hedgehog’s requirements, fostering the design of more effective conservation strategies.
Patrocinadors: The research in the urban forest was funded by Concejalía de Medio Ambiente del Ayuntamiento de Alicante.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/136802
ISSN: 2076-2615
DOI: 10.3390/ani13152453
Idioma: eng
Tipus: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Drets: © 2023 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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Versió de l'editor: https://doi.org/10.3390/ani13152453
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