From The Mammal Society: The once familiar hedgehog has declined dramatically over the past few decades. Surprisingly, for such a well-loved creature, very little is known about why the hedgehog is in crisis. This makes it difficult to target conservation efforts to where they will be most effective. It is presumed that road accidents, and the loss of suitable, well-connected habitat might be important. Yet in some areas the hedgehog still seems to be thriving. It is not known whether this is because they are being given supplementary food in people’s gardens.
We are therefore appealing for you to help with our Big Hedgehog Watch Project. We want to know how long it is since you last saw a hedgehog; whether any were spotted in your garden or neighbourhood last year; and whether you feed your prickly visitors. Last year, almost 4,000 people responded in just 4 weeks and the survey revealed that:
- 87% of people that reported sightings saw them in their garden;
- Almost 70% of the people that saw hedgehogs in their gardens fed them
- Almost 70% of the people that fed them saw the hedgehogs more than five times
The online survey is available on the Mammal Society website and takes just a few minutes to complete. All completed surveys will go towards the conservation of one of our most loved species. You can also help hedgehogs by contributing to the Mammal Society’s hedgehog appeal. To donate or to fill in the survey, visit www.mammal.org.uk/science-research/surveys
The survey will be open until 1st December 2017.