Emma Pooley of the London Wildlife Trust writes:
Help us find London’s hedgehogs! London Wildlife Trust’s “Urban Urchins” project is in full swing and we’re receiving excellent numbers of sightings of hedgehogs around London.
London’s hedgehogs are in trouble, with the city’s population falling by nearly a third since 2000. We need to act fast to reverse this decline, but we can only do this with your help. There are lots of ways you can help. One of our biggest priorities is recording where hedgehogs live in London, so we can build an accurate picture of where our help is most needed. As part of our Urban Urchins project we are asking Londoners, if you have seen a hedgehog at any time and in any part of the capital, to fill in our online form and record your sighting!
You can also get one of our free Hedgehog Detective Kits to use in your own garden or allotment, to help identify if hedgehogs are present in their area. Our Hedgehog Detective Kits contain a special footprint tunnel and instructions on how to survey your garden for hedgehogs. These kits are only available as part of London Wildlife Trust’s Urban Urchins project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. You must live in a London borough and have access to a garden or allotment in order to apply. We’ve got plenty of kits left, but it’s first come, first served, so apply for your kit now! You can sign up for the kits through the urban Urchins page of our website, or sign up directly through this link.
See our website for full details of our Urban Urchins project, with lots of other tips on how to help Hedgehogs.
Header photo by David Darrell-Lambert/Bird Brain UK