National Hedgehog Survey

The Western European hedgehog is widely believed to have undergone amarked decline in Britain in the last few decades. As a result, the species has been highlighted as being of conservation concern. Studies are urgently required to identify the current distributionof the species, to determine factors affecting this distribution and to serve as a baseline against which future changes can be compared.

The University of Reading and Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), are conducting a National Hedgehog Survey. To complete this survey, volunteers are required to survey designated sitesacross England and Wales using footprint-tunnels. These simple devices consist of a triangular plastic tunnel which houses a tracking plate containing sections of paper and ink; as a hedgehog moves through thetunnel, copies of its footprints are left on the paper. To help attract hedgehogs into the tunnels, commercially available hedgehog food is used as bait.

There are ten survey sites in Herefordshire waiting for volunteers. If you are interested in taking part please contact Dave Smith to be assigned a survey site as close to your home address as possible. Tunnels will be provided by the survey organisers. This is a great opportunity to take part in a national survey and also to contribute to the Herefordshire Mammal Atlas by providing records of not only hedgehogs, but also many other small mammals. Volunteers must be ableto dedicate five consecutive nights any time between May and September.

Please contact Dave Smith
Tel.: Thanks,  01432 266937  
Mobile: 07905 849842