Hedgehog Street, a nationwide campaign launched by wildlife charities People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS, is celebrating its 10th birthday this year.
To mark the occasion and a decade of working with volunteers – or ‘Hedgehog Champions – to protect Britain’s favourite mammal, Hedgehog Street is asking members of the public to do 10 things to help hedgehogs in 2021:
A family-friendly garden challenge has also been launched, which aims to find out if our gardens are hedgehog havens, or if hedgehog-friendly features need to be added to encourage more prickly night-time visitors. To take part, visit The Hedgehog Garden Challenge.
Grace Johnson, Hedgehog Officer for Hedgehog Street says: “We know how much people love hedgehogs, but also how much they’re in trouble. Gardens are a fantastic habitat for hedgehogs if they have the right features and are connected to neighbouring gardens and/or green spaces. Our new garden challenge will provide bespoke advice to everyone who takes part, so helping our native hedgehogs couldn’t be easier. We already have over 90,000 amazing Hedgehog Champions who have made their gardens hedgehog friendly, and hope in our birthday year we can make that 100,000!”
Hedgehog numbers have halved since the millennium and in 2020, hedgehogs were listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ on the Red List for Britain’s Mammals. Several factors have contributed to this decline, including tidy, fenced-in gardens, busy roads in urban areas, habitat fragmentation, intensification of agriculture and increased pesticide use in rural areas.
Grace adds: “There is some good news for hedgehogs: our State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report indicated that the rate of decline in our towns and cities appears to be stabilising. That is why we’re really pushing for everyone to do 10 things for hedgehogs during our birthday year, to build on this positive step forward and to help save this beautiful and iconic species from further decline.”
To find out more, visit: www.hedgehogstreet.org/happy-birthday-to-us
Hedgehogs are nocturnal, and while they are sometimes seen in daylight on light summer evenings, it can also be a sign they are in need of help. Please seek advice from BHPS if you’re ever concerned about a hedgehog.
Main image: Hedgehog in flowers (Duncan Eames)
Measures 45mm x W 120mm x L 120mm.