When did you last see a hedgehog?

Hedgehog numbers in the UK have fallen and were recently classified as 'vulnerable to extinction' by the Red List for British Mammals.

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.   

For the past three years, 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.

As a hedgehog hero, regular email updates as well as advice and materials were sent to participants, recording their sightings and advising how to make their garden hedgehog-friendly. 

Regular information was sent 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.

The response across Wiltshire was fantastic. At the close of the 2019 data collection period, 2,456 people joined the campaign logging 2,131 hedgehog sightings! In 2020, 4,113 sightings were recorded as more Hedgehog Heroes joined in.

The sightings we received have been mapped below:

2021 map of sightings

This project has now ended, however reports of more hedgehog sightings can be made below.

Record a hedgehog sighting