Help a species - Hedgehogs
STOP the hedgehog decline
Hedgehogs have declined in number substantially over the last few decades. Their numbers have gone from 36 million during the 1950s down to just under one milliion in 2015.
Reasons for the decline in hedgehogs include:
Research is being undertaken to find out more, and reporting your sightings of hedgehogs is an important part of this research - it helps identify habitats these much loved animals are using. As hedgehogs are tending to use urban areas more and more, it is vital that people living in towns and villages help hedgehogs.
Things are being done to help hedgehogs
There are a number of initiatives to help these tiny animals buck the trend. One of these is the creation of a Hedgehog Improvement Area in Solihull in the West Midlands in the UK. The area has been funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and it crosses a nature reserve, a public park and surrounding streets.
Campaigners are trying to persuade people to cut a CD-sized hole in their garden fence to create wildlife corridors, so that hedgehogs can do the roaming they need to do.
Another initiative comes in the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey (famous for the Guernsey Tomato). Here hedgehogs are being tracked by technology.
But there's plenty of things people can do from home to help hedgehogs
Create a wildlife friendly garden
You can become a hedgehog champion by joining in at Hedgehog Street, run by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. So far, nearly 34,000 people have become hedgehog champions and are helping hedgehogs in their gardens and in their local area!
The hedgehog is just one example of a change in our behaviour and actions can help a species.
Business can help hedgehogs as well
Both KFC and MacDonalds have agreed to change their packaging, which was previously damaging hedgehogs.