Robotic lawn mowers cannnot spot hedgehogs to avoid them so they are injured or killed

Robotic mowers cannnot spot hedgehogs to avoid them so they are injured or killed. Image by Markus Distelrath from Pixabay.

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Robotic lawnmowers are a hazard to hedgehogs particularly when used at night when hedgehogs are about because they cannot spot them despite some of the machines having cameras to avoid objects. Researchers are going to use a dummy hedgehog to carry out more research and they want to work in collaboration with manufacturers so that they can develop a machine which is less hazardous to hedgehogs which are in any case under pressure from environmental changes and inadvertent human persecution.