Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are found throughout Western Europe. They are a very common predator, first introduced to New Zealand in the 1870s to control garden pests. They are now widespread, and estimated to number between two and four per hectare in most areas.
The hedgehog lives in a wide range of habitats, including your backyard, farmland, high-altitude grasslands throughout New Zealand and in some forests, such as Puketi Forest.
Hedgehogs eat mainly insects, but also they eat eggs, birds and lizards.