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Hedgehog Hibernation Survey – Are You Going To Take Part?


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.



By | 2016-10-27T15:27:00+00:00 February 4th, 2014|Nature|7 Comments


  1. Jenny February 5, 2014 at 11:01 am - Reply

    For the last two years, we have regularly seen 2 hedgehogs in our garden in Frome, Somerset. I’ve signed up for the survey, so I hope they’re back this year!

    • Wildlife Gadgetman February 12, 2014 at 8:18 am - Reply

      That’s great! The more people we can encourage to join in the better!

  2. Barbara Allen February 5, 2014 at 11:21 am - Reply

    We have Hedgehogs visiting us every evening/ night in our garden, we have one at the moment who hasn’t stopped visiting for the Winter, he/ she still turns up every night, we put food out in the winter but not during the rest of the year.
    In the Summer we see 3 or 4 or sometimes more all in the garden at the same time, had what looked like a Mum and her 2 baby hogs last Autumn think I might have a photo somewhere.

    Barbara x

    • Wildlife Gadgetman February 12, 2014 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Always a little bit of a worry when you see a hog in winter months, especially if they look quite small. I’m sure you are keeping an eye on it. I’d love to see any photos you have :o)

  3. Pat Couch February 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Hi, just wanted you to know that we have at least 3 hoggish living in 3 separate houses in our garden. We have not seen any hogs since the end of 9october, but my Daughter has rescued 11 all underweight since that time and are housing them at home which is only 2 streets away from me.On a normal evening I get at least 8 hogs visiting my garden, I live in a semi rural area in Dorset and I have a small park at the back of my house and a lot of my neighbours have hedging. I have only lived here for 20 months, but noticed in the last year these lovely visitors, I believe it may be because I feed a lot of birds so they were attracted to the mealworms. As yet I have only see 2 dead thankfully in the last 4 months. It am geared up and ready for my visitors in a few weeks time, and looking forward to helping my daughter release the 11 she has been caring for. Good luck with your project.

    • Wildlife Gadgetman February 12, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Thanks Patricia! Sounds like you have quite a ‘Hog Haven’ going on there! You’re obviously doing something right. Thanks for supporting our hedgehogs!

  4. leominster hedgehog rescue February 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Already seen 2 dead ones on the road and have already had 6 in this month to look after. We have many come to the garden, but none yet,to the feeders in the garden which we watch on cctv.

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