Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Did you know that the number of British hedgehogs has declined by at least 30% since the year 2000?

This year we’ve joined the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative. We want to make our campus hog-friendly, through the education of how you can help hedgehogs, joining in and promoting national campaigns such as Hedgehog Awareness Week and by making the environment in which they live as safe and welcoming as we can.

Project updates

Over the last few months, we’ve been working to document our rewilded spaces and record hedgehog sightings.

We’ve also been featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine!

This month begins with #HedgehogWeek! We’ve put together a full schedule of events throughout the week which includes; Hedgehog surveying, Hogfriendly gardening, a special CLEAN Hub event, the launch of twilight wildlife safaris, and a special open meeting with the BGU Hogfriendly team!

The University of Lincoln has been awarded the Silver accreditation from the national Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme.

Read our full article on what this means here: University of Lincoln achieves Hedgehog Friendly Silver award

We are preparing for #HedgehogAwarenessWeek from 04th – 08th May 2020, with some online events. Join us for our Online Working Group Meeting and our Hedgehog First Aid Webinar! Full details can be found on this news post: Hedgehog Awareness Week Events

A fabulous time building our Hedgehog Friendly Campus hogitats on the Brayford Campus on our building event on 10th March! Four new log piles were created with wood from our Riseholme campus in varying degrees of age, leaves gathered and lots of twigs. Hopefully, this will encourage lots of insects for our prickly pals (& other wildlife). Finished off the event with a much deserved Fairtrade brew & some divine chocolate. Thank you to everyone who attended.

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Our second Hedgehog Friendly Bake Sale took place this month, we raised a brilliant £56 for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society with our Hedgehog Friendly Campus Bake Sale! If you want to make a donation, just follow this link: Donate to the BHPS on JustGiving

We think it’s safe to say our hogfriendly bake-off was a success! We sold out of all of our cakes in under 2 hours. Thank you to everyone who swung by to support us. We’re definitely going to organise another one soon!
Thanks to all our staff & student & alumni bakers.
Our bake-off winner was the Grantham Gingerhog baked by Andrea from our Estates Department.🦔

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The University of Lincoln has been awarded the Bronze Award by Hedgehog Friendly Campus after our December submission.

To achieve Bronze, our university “hogfriendly” team has done the following:

  • Held a Hedgehog Friendly Campus launch event in November
  • Campaigned to #RememberHedgehogs during Bonfire Night
  • Raised money for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
  • Set up a dedicated social media account – follow @UoLHedgie on Twitter
  • Reminded our grounds team about hedgehog first aid
  • Stickered all of our gardening equipment with reminders to take care around hedgehog habitats
  • Provided information about hedgehogs on campus

And much more! Keep an eye out for more events this year, including creation of hedgehog habitats and feeding stations, a surveying workshop and first aid lecture.

Image of an illustrated hedgehog holding a graduation certificate. Texts reads: Bronze award

Both our Riseholme Grounds Team and our contractors Four Oaks Landscaping have now attached stickers on gardening equipment (including strimmers and leaf blowers) reminding them to take care for hedgehogs.

If you’d like to encourage your local company or council to become hedgehog friendly, you can request stickers from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society: Hedgehog Heroes Roll of Honour

The team have also submitted for the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Bronze Award, details to be announced in January 2020!


Image of a sticker on the strimmerImage of a strimmer with a sticker reminding the user to remember hedgehogs attached

Hedgehog Friendly Campus meeting is launched! On November 1st 2019, we held a day of events:

  • Jo Wilkinson, the founder of Hedgehog Friendly Campus, delivered a talk from 13:00 – 13:20, in NDH 1010 (second floor lecture theatre) on how to survey for hedgehogs.
  • There was a bake-off in order to raise money for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society – we raised £43!
  • LPAC ran another wonderful planting session (planting flower bulbs & sowing wildflower seeds) in the morning from 10-12pm. #bloomingLPAC
  • Our first staff, student and public campus litter pick was a success at 14:00, meeting outside of the NDH Building. Thank you to CleanHub Lincoln for lending us the gear!

If you would like to view the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/493113844751926/

The first Hedgehog Friendly Campus meeting is held with a member of the Environment team and the Wildlife and Conservation Society President.

Image of a screenshot Tweet on Twitter, in the image there is a laptop, two cups and a person writing in a notebook

Actions taken include:

  • Invitation to E.C.O Society, Environmental Manager, Facilities Manager and the Head of Space Strategy, Planning & Sustainability to next meeting, set for the second week of October 2019
  • Discussion around launch event, preliminarily set for end of October 2019/beginning of November 2019
  • Creation of social media account for campaign purposes – @UoLHedgie
  • Design of graphics for use across social media
  • Contact with local city councillor about the launch of the campaign and future involvement

Project questions

How do I get involved?

Anyone wanting to get involved in the campaign can do any or all of the following:

  • Join one of the two societies who are supporting the campaign, the E.C.O Society or Wildlife and Conservation Society
  • Volunteer to set up or take part in a litter pick – let’s make our campus as safe as possible for hedgies!
  • Raise some money for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on campus
  • Share campaign graphics on social media – you can download them at the bottom of the page

We welcome new ideas for this project so please get in touch with us by emailing environment@lincoln.ac.uk

I've found a sick/injured hedgehog, what do I do?

If you’ve come across a hedgehog in Lincoln in the daytime, or you can see it’s injured or sick, contact any of the following:

  • Our local rescue St Andrews Hedgehog Hospital on 01724 872 726
  • The British Hedgehog Preservation society on 01584 890 801

There are some tips on how to identify what might be wrong with a hedgehog at the bottom of this page.

You can also call campus security on 01522 886062 or Estates on 01522 886777

Image of a hedgehog illustration on a blue shield wearing a graduation cap. A banner of text reads: Silver Award 2020/21

Project Status:

In Progress

Project initiated: September 2019

Project team:

Alexandra Foxley-Johnson

Rebecca Forster

Grant Anderson

Helen Evans

President of the Wildlife and Conservation Society

E.C.O Society Representative