If you are a regular follower of my blog you will undoubtedly know that I have a growing passion for hedgehogs! Search for ‘Hedgehogs’ on my blog and you’ll find lots of blog posts and ‘How To Guides’ dedicated to our prickly little garden friends.
Hedgehogs are going to play a huge part in my projects over the coming months as I’m going to be working closely with Suffolk Wildlife Trust on a major new hedgehog campaign and I’ve also been preparing for a local community project linked to Hedgehog Street.
I’ll be sharing more about this over the coming months but I wanted to tell you about a major new survey launched by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the Peoples Trust For Endangered Species. It called the ‘Hedgehog Hibernation Survey‘ and, as the name suggests its all about recording when and where you see a hedgehog.
Here’s a little more info from the Hedgehog Street website…
‘We need your help to collect hedgehog records from 1st February until 31st August 2014.
Simply tell us every time you see a hedgehog, noting its location and whether it is alive or dead.
A study was conducted 40 years ago which suggested a link between climate and when hedgehogs come out of hibernation. We repeated this study in 2012 and 2013, with phenomenal support from the public. In total aver 6,000 people have contributed to the survey, submitting over 90,000 hedgehog sightings!
We are repeating the survey again this year as we need several years of data to get a reliable picture of what is happening. Variations in weather tend to add noise to long-term climatic trends.
We need to monitor hedgehogs if we want to understand how they behave and this information will help us to conserve these wonderful creatures more effectively in the future.’
You can find out lots more about the Hedgehog Hibernation Survey by clicking on the Hedgehog Street logo below. You’ll find a useful Frequently Asked Questions page and info about how to submit your sightings.
I’d love to hear if you are you going to take part? I would also be interested to know if you see hedgehogs in your garden regularly? Or did you used to see them but they have now disappeared? Please share your comments below.