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

September 2019

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 notebookActions 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 the 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

November 2019

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/

December 2019

We’ve put together a Christmas checklist on how you can help our hedgehogs!

Image of a hedgehog wearing a santa hat and some tips on how to be hedgehog friendly

Please share the above graphic on Twitter! We’ll be looking for volunteers in the New Year to provide support through campaigning, joining litter picks and most excitingly surveying for resident campus hogs! Please do get in touch by emailing environment@lincoln.ac.uk if you’re interested.

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

View tips on how to look after a sick/injured hedgehog

Download our Hedgehog Friendly Checklist