Hedgehog Friendly Campus
The UK’s favourite spiny mammals are in trouble. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the number of hedgehogs in rural areas has plummeted by as much as 50% and in urban gardens by 30%. This means that hedgehogs are moving out of their rural homes and into built areas where they face a whole host of challenges, including road traffic, litter, poisoning and lack of access to food and water. As of 2020 there is an estimated number of just a million hedgehogs left, representing a 97% fall from the 30 million who once roamed the UK in the 1950s. As such it is clear they are in need of our help. If we don’t do something soon, this iconic mammal is likely to be a thing of the past in the UK.
The Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme aims to raise awareness of the plight of hedgehog while taking practical steps to improve habitats and circumstances for hedgehogs across university campuses. Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a campaign that wants to arm a new generation of hedgehog champions with the skills and knowledge to give the dwindling hedgehog population a fighting chance. It will educate our staff, students and the surrounding community about hedgehog friendly behaviour, both on campus and at home.The Hedgehog Friendly Campus project is funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and runs nationally.
The University of Nottingham’s Hedgehog Friendly Campus group was set up in 2019 and currently has 9 members, if you would like to find out more about the group and what they are up to then contact firstname.lastname@example.org