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European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) by Tamara Clark

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The European Hedgehog is becoming increasingly rare in Britain, due to many factors, including habitat loss and climate change. Populations have dropped from 30 million to only 1.5 million over the past 50 years. Because hedgehogs are a hibernating species, their nesting and mating behavior are highly dependent upon seasonal temperatures. The hedgehog is an endearing and unique creature due to its nocturnal nature and its habits of rolling into a ball and using its spines when threatened. To contribute to hedgehog protection by reporting sightings, visit The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) who are involved in a joint campaign focusing on surveying populations through the summer of 2012. For more hands- on conservation ideas, visit hedgehogstreet.org

Technique: Watercolor and colored pencil
Size: 5" X 5"

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Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she is enjoying illustrating the local flora and fauna. She recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA where she sold images of coastal species in galleries and markets and freelanced in illustration and design. Her clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a variety of publishers, websites and organizations. www.tamaraclark.com

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