Big Hog Friendly Litter Pick Challenge


Hedgehogs are covered in thousands of spines, making them vulnerable to becoming trapped in litter. Unfortunately, many hedgehogs die every year because of this.

Taking part in the Big Friendly Litter Pick Challenge will clean up your community and save lots of animals.

Litter can be collected on your street at home, at a local park, on a lunchtime walk – not just on campus. Anyone can take part; staff, students, members of the local community etc. The university, FE college and primary school who collect the most bags of litter by the end of the challenge will win their category. You should use bin bags to collect your litter, but if you’re using other bags then we’ll account for this in the judging. One full bin bag will be equal to 3 supermarket shopping bags, for example.

E-mail photos of your full bags of litter to on or before 29 of November.

Please avoid:

  • Sharp objects (e.g. broken glass)
  • Clinical waste (e.g. syringes)
  • Hazardous areas (e.g. fast running rivers)
  • Lone working if possible
  • Heavy lifting

Please ensure that you:

  • Wear gloves
  • Use a litter picker (we can’t provide these unfortunately, but they can be bought for a few pounds from many shops such as Wilko, Home Bargains, and online)
  • Cover any cuts
  • Keep hands away from your eyes and mouth
  • Wash hands straight away after litter picking
  • Wear sturdy, appropriate footwear and waterproofs if needed
  • Recycle any plastic, glass and aluminium
  • Adhere to social distancing and other relevant Government Covid procedures. Please check for the latest up to date information


Find out about the University Hedgehog Friendly Campus Group on Facebook.

Posted on Friday 8th October 2021

Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD