Over 2,000 hedgehogs spotted in Wiltshire last year

Over 2,000 hedgehogs spotted in Wiltshire last year

Published by Jack Deery at 6:14am 24th February 2020. (Updated at 10:11am 25th February 2020)

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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has had the help of 'hedgehog heroes' who have been recording what they see.

People living in the county recorded 2,131 sightings of the the woodland creatures over four months in 2019. 

It was part of the Trust's 'Hedgehog Heroes campaign' which launched in July last year and ran until November. 

The new report includes a map of where the sightings took place: 

Map of hedgehog sightings 2019 - credit WSBRC

It shows that many of the spiny mammals have appeared in urban areas across Wiltshire. 

2,456 people joined in as "Hedgehog Heroes", with the campaign set to return in July 2020. 

If you would like to get involved this year, you can express your interest on the WWT's website

DRAMATIC DECLINE

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

The Trust say that there is a few reasons for the decline: 

  • Garden pesticides
  • Contaminated water
  • Loss of habitat 
  • Traffic collisions

There are thought to be less than one million wild hedgehogs left in the UK.

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