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British Hedgehog Preservation Society funds vital research to improve treatment of sick hedgehogs

One Voice for Animals UK Guest Blog by British Hedgehog Preservation Society


2023 is off to a brilliant start as the British Hedgehog Preservation Society is celebrating the provision of a research grant for Dr Sophie Lund Rasmussen, hedgehog specialist at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at University of Oxford. Dr Sophie Lund Rasmussen will lead a comprehensive and important study on the microbiomes of European hedgehogs in the UK and Denmark, describing the bacterial and fungal communities living inside the hedgehogs. The research will be based on faecal samples collected from hedgehogs by volunteers. The project is a collaboration between specialists from Aalborg University in Denmark, University of Sassari in Italy and University of Oxford, UK.


The knowledge gained will eventually help to optimise the treatment of hedgehogs admitted with infections at wildlife rehabilitation centres, improving the opportunity for the staff to target the treatment, potentially causing a higher survival of diseased hedgehogs admitted into care.


You can follow the hedgehog research of Dr Sophie Lund Rasmussen here:

Twitter: @Dr_Pindsvin

YouTube: Dr Hedgehog



 

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