Could you be a 'hedgehog hero' in Wiltshire?

Could you be a 'hedgehog hero' in Wiltshire?

Published at 10:00am 8th July 2019.

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The county's Wildlife Trust is looking for our help to track where our prickly neighbours are living.

The campaign aims to collect more data about the locations and numbers of hedgehogs within Wiltshire.

That will be assessed by the Wiltshire & Swindon Biological Records Centre to draw a report on the situation and how it can be improved.

HOW ARE HEDGEHOGS FARING NOW?

Latest figures suggest hedgehog numbers have dropped by 30% over the last decade.

That's being blamed on things like the use of garden pesticides, loss of habitats and traffic collisions amongst other factors.

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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is on the lookout for hedgehog heroes around the county

Dr Gary Mantle MBE, Chief Executive of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said:

"By joining our Hedgehog Citizen Science Campaign, the people of Wiltshire can play a vital role in saving the county's hedgehogs. We need people to record their hedgehog sightings and monitor their behaviour and movements: gardens and local parks are hedgehog strongholds and often the best places to spot them, as these habitats provide a plentiful supply of food and potential nest sites for breeding, resting and hibernation.

"With people's help as citizen scientists, we can start to build up data on hedgehog numbers across the county and identify where to best focus our conservation efforts."

WHY TAKE PART?

It's hoped the information gathered by the Hedgehog Heroes campaign will mean advice can be passed on to households, farmers, landowners and businesses to better protect them.

As well as basic numbers, we're also encouraged to send in photos or videos that can be shared with other members.

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The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital in Newton Tony often have hedgehogs in their care after being found around the county

Everyone taking part will get regular updates and tips on how to make our gardens more hedgehog friendly.

The campaign is being supported by the Beatrice Gillam Memorial Fund, honouring the legacy of one of Wiltshire's most ardent wildlife champions.

Those interested can join the campaign and log their sightings on the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust website.

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