When did you last see a hedgehog?

Hedgehog numbers in the UK have fallen by more than 30% over the last 10 years.

Garden pesticides, contaminated water, loss of habitat and traffic collisions have all led to a dramatic fall in UK hedgehog numbers and there are now thought to be less than one million wild hedgehogs left.   

We asked members of the public to log their hedgehog sightings on our website and tell us about the last time they saw a hedgehog.

The response to this across Wiltshire was fantastic and the campaign to help hedgehogs continues to grow, with Hedgehog Heroes sending regular sightings, photo updates and video logs of the hedgehogs in their local area. At the close of the 2019 data collection period, 2,456 people joined the campaign logging 2,131 hedgehog sightings! The Hedgehog Hero report is the culmination of all the data collected in this campaign so far, with each hedgehog sighting added to a map of the region.

Read the report here   

The data points from 2019 show the areas of road around Wiltshire where hedgehogs are possibly crossing or moving along and could come into contact with cars. One possible conservation action would be to encourage authorities to signpost these particular roads with hedgehog warnings – to alert night drivers to the possibility of hedgehogs on the road. This simple action could save scores of hedgehogs from death by traffic collisions.

How can you help?

The Hedgehog Hero campaign returns in 2020!

We would like to invite you to become a Hedgehog Hero and to participate in the 2020 phase of the campaign when it goes live in July this year. We'd love you to encourage friends and community members to sign up and join the campaign, because the more data we collect, the stronger the likelihood of conservation action in any given area.

 If you would like to express an interest in this before the campaign goes live in July please do so below:

Express your interest here:

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As a hedgehog hero, you will be sent regular email updates as well as advice and materials to help you get started recording your sightings and a guide to making your garden hedgehog-friendly. We are also inviting participants to become super #HedgehogHeros and produce photo diaries, video blogs and regular written updates which will feature on our social sites and share throughout our hedgehog citizen science community.

You will receive regular information on:

How to care for a hedgehog,

How to help a sick hedgehog,

How to make a hedgehog friendly garden,

What to feed a hedgehog,

How to build a hedgehog house,

And much more!