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.
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.
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!
The first Hedgehog Friendly Campus meeting is held with a member of the Environment team and the Wildlife and Conservation Society President.
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
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/
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 email@example.com
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