Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus).

Berger A, Lozano B, Barthel LMF, Schubert N (2020)
Animals 10(8): 1306.

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Berger, Anne; Lozano, Briseida; Barthel, Leon M F; Schubert, NadineUniBi
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With urban areas growing worldwide comes an increase in artificial light at night (ALAN), causing a significant impact on wildlife behaviour and its ecological relationships. The effects of ALAN on nocturnal and protected European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) are unknown but their identification is important for sustainable species conservation and management. In a pilot study, we investigated the influence of ALAN on the natural movement behaviour of 22 hedgehogs (nine females, 13 males) in urban environments. Over the course of four years, we equipped hedgehogs at three different study locations in Berlin with biologgers to record their behaviour for several weeks. We used Global Positioning System (GPS) tags to monitor their spatial behaviour, very high-frequency (VHF) loggers to locate their nests during daytime, and accelerometers to distinguish between active and passive behaviours. We compared the mean light intensity of the locations recorded when the hedgehogs were active with the mean light intensity of simulated locations randomly distributed in the individual's home range. We were able to show that the ALAN intensity of the hedgehogs' habitations was significantly lower compared to the simulated values, regardless of the animal's sex. This ALAN-related avoidance in the movement behaviour can be used for applied hedgehog conservation.
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2020
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Animals
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10
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8
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1306
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2076-2615
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Berger A, Lozano B, Barthel LMF, Schubert N. Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Animals. 2020;10(8): 1306.
Berger, A., Lozano, B., Barthel, L. M. F., & Schubert, N. (2020). Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Animals, 10(8), 1306. doi:10.3390/ani10081306
Berger, A., Lozano, B., Barthel, L. M. F., and Schubert, N. (2020). Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Animals 10:1306.
Berger, A., et al., 2020. Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Animals, 10(8): 1306.
A. Berger, et al., “Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus).”, Animals, vol. 10, 2020, : 1306.
Berger, A., Lozano, B., Barthel, L.M.F., Schubert, N.: Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus). Animals. 10, : 1306 (2020).
Berger, Anne, Lozano, Briseida, Barthel, Leon M F, and Schubert, Nadine. “Moving in the Dark-Evidence for an Influence of Artificial Light at Night on the Movement Behaviour of European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus).”. Animals 10.8 (2020): 1306.
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