When did you last see a hedgehog? Sadly in the UK their numbers have fallen by more than 30% over the last 10 years, and there are now thought to be less than one million left.

However they're a resilient, adaptable species, and experts believe that with the right information gathered, and actions taken by landowners, farmers and the general public, we can turn this situation around and bring this iconic species back. 

How can you help?

We're looking for 'citizen scientists' who can help us record hedgehog sightings and monitor their movements, to help them recover and thrive. With your help, we'll build a comprehensive Hedgehog Map in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Hedgehogs are increasingly being found in urban areas, as your garden will provide them with a plentiful supply of food, as well as many potential nest sites for breeding, resting and hibernation. 

How do I get involved?

If you'd like to help, please sign up today to join our hedgehog programme. Soon when the campaign has launched, we'll provide you with advice and materials to help you get started recording your sightings, as well as a guide to making your garden hedgehog-friendly.

Once we have gathered enough data, we'll also produce a hedgehog map which will feature your sightings, as well as a report with recommendations for local policy-makers to take concrete steps to protect hedgehog habitats in our county.

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