Hedgehogs need Hedgehog Highways and Homes-PTFS survey

August 16, 2017

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Gardening For Wildlife, Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs need Hedgehogs Highways and Homes. National Hedgehog Survey.

This is the first ever national census of hedgehog houses, brought to you by Hedgehog Street: a national campaign from People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. This survey is in partnership with the University of Reading and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

Help a Hedgehog with a garden highway. It actually works!

Hedgehog Street has just launched a national census of hedgehog houses to try and find out more about them. This survey is in partnership with the University of Reading and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and closes on the 31st October 2017.

Since 2011, we know that over 4,000 of our dedicated Hedgehog Champions have hedgehog houses.  This survey is specifically about structures designed for hedgehogs to nest in at any time of year, as opposed to feeding stations that are designed to shelter hedgehogs while they eat and/or drink.

Take the survey and help hedgehogs today

Hedgehog recently in my wildlife garden Aug 2017. It used my Hedgehog Highway

Why are they doing it?

There is a lot of advice about how best to use hedgehog houses, but we need to do some research to be sure that this advice is well-founded and appropriate. The aim of this survey is to collect evidence that will help to guide people on how best to use hedgehog houses to help hedgehogs, based on the experiences of the thousands of you that already have them.

However, please do not infer any guidance or advice on using hedgehog houses from the wording of the questions in the survey; we are just asking about your past experiences, not suggesting any particular course of action. So please do not disturb any hedgehogs or nests in order to complete this survey.  We will share the results with you and give guidance once the data have been collected and analysed.

Some of the questions we would like to answer are:

  • How frequently do hedgehog houses get used
  • Which design is best?
  • Does positioning of the box affect usage?
  • Should you provide bedding?
  • Does the presence of pets or other animals affect whether the box will be used?
  • Are commercially available designs worth the money – or is DIY better?

If you own a hedgehog house, take the survey today.

Interesting Guardian article by Hugh Warwick ” There’s a way to save hedgehogs-and all of us can help”

Watch two hedgehogs inside my hedgehog feeding station

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