Lutra 50(1)_van den Brink_book review_2007

Book review: Pollutants and hedgehogs

Non-destructive exposure and risk assessment of persistent pollutants in the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus). H. d’Havé 2006. PhD thesis. University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium. 231 pp. ISBN 90-5728-064-7.

At the end of 2006 Helga d’Havé successfully defended her thesis “Non-destructive exposure and risk assessment of persistent pollutants in the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)” at the University of Antwerp. The research was initiated to analyse levels of contaminants in hedgehogs in Flanders, and to assess whether they might be at risk due to exposure to these contaminants. The hedgehog is a good choice for this kind of study because they forage heavily on earthworms, which are very efficient in transferring contaminants from soil to predators. In this way,....