Courtship behaviour of western hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in a rural landscape in Ireland and the first appearance of offspring

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dc.contributor.author Haigh, Amy
dc.contributor.author Butler, Fidelma
dc.contributor.author O'Riordan, Ruth M.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-13T08:27:41Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-13T08:27:41Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Haigh, A. Butler, F. and O'Riordan, R. M. (2012) Courtship behaviour of western hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in a rural landscape in Ireland and the first appearance of offspring', Lutra, 55(1), pp. 41-54. en
dc.identifier.volume 55 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 41 en
dc.identifier.endpage 54 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2545
dc.description.abstract A study was conducted to investigate the timing of the breeding season of western hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in a rural landscape in Ireland, their courtship activity and the first appearance and possible dispersal of juveniles. Between June 2008 and June 2010, 24 hedgehogs (18 ♂ and 6 ♀) were caught and monitored by radio tracking and direct following. A preponderance of males was recorded in both adults and juveniles at the study site and the sex ratio deviated significantly from a 1:1 ratio. Courtship behaviour took place between April and July and occurred almost exclusively in a nine ha pasture. An individual female paired with up to seven males in a season. The first appearance of juveniles was recorded in September (2008) and July (2009). The majority (n=22) of juvenile sightings, both alive and as road kill, occurred in July but they continued to be recorded up until November (n=3). The presence of juveniles at the study site in October 2008 and a pregnant female being found in September 2009 indicated that late litters occur in Ireland. en
dc.description.sponsorship Thomas Crawford Hayes Trust, National University of Ireland Galway (PhD Scholarship) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Zoogdiervereniging en
dc.relation.uri http://www.zoogdierwinkel.nl/content/lutra-551haigh-et-al2012
dc.rights © 2012, Zoogdiervereniging. en
dc.subject Sex biases en
dc.subject Multiple pairings en
dc.subject Juveniles en
dc.subject Second litters en
dc.subject Dispersal en
dc.title Courtship behaviour of western hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in a rural landscape in Ireland and the first appearance of offspring en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Amy Haigh, Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: ahaigh@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2014-06-19T16:06:48Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Thomas Crawford Hayes Trust, National University of Ireland Galway
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Lutra en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress ahaigh@ucc.ie en


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