University of Brighton Hedgehog Friendly campus campaign
University of Brighton students and staff have been working together to make our campus a safe and inviting environment for hedgehogs, through The British Hedgehog preservation society’s Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign. Who help provide resources, training, photos, advice and more so that we can help raise awareness and improve our campus for all wildlife.
European Hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) have recently been declared vulnerable to extinction in the UK. Which is why the campaign’s aim is to raise awareness of the risks and dangers faced and share ways in which we can support their success, in turn supporting the wellbeing of other native species also. Main topics include dangers of litter to wildlife, creating suitable habitats and ensuring connected habitats for free and risk-free movement.
As hedgehog ambassadors, we have regular working group meetings where aims and events are discussed and planned, with events/workshops and surveys for followers to join in with, as well as regular seasonal updates as to what Hedgehogs are up to this time of year and how you may be able to support them.
For more information about hedgehogs or the campaign, head to our blog or follow us on social media:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/universityofbrightonhedgehogfriendlycampus/
Blog: Brighton Hedgehog Friendly Campus
Twitter: Hedgehog Friendly Campus (@HogFriendly) / Twitter
If you do come across an injured hedgehog
Please follow this advice from The British Hedgehog Preservation Society: If you are concerned about a hedgehog, carefully pick up, wearing gloves, and place them in a box with an old towel or fleece in the bottom (this gives the hedgehog somewhere to burrow). You can also fill a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel and place it at the bottom of the box, so there is a gentle heat coming through (make sure they have space to get off and that the bottle doesn’t get cold). Ensure they have access to fresh water and offer them some cat or dog food and then call The British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584890801 for further advice and numbers of local contacts.