Hedgehogs disappear from British countryside as badgers are devouring them Hedgehogs are disappearing form the British countryside because they are being devoured by badgers, a study has found. Researchers said the mammals, which are increasingly having to move to urban areas, are now present in just a fifth of the countryside. Regular destruction of habitat with heavy agricultural machinery - as well as the use of pesticides in intensive farming - is also said to be wiping out the worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars, earwigs and millipedes it feeds on. In the first study of its kind scientists found the creature inhabited just 21 percent of 261 rural sites surveyed across England and Wales. This is news to me. We see loads of hedehogs round here.How is the hedgehog doing in the US ?