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Welcome to UEA’s Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative. 

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The plight of hedgehogs in the UK

There has never been a full national census of hedgehogs in the UK but, back in the 1950s, according to limited data available, it was estimated that there were 36.5 million of them. In 1995 a better, but still incomplete, survey put their numbers at just 1.55 million.  Since 2000, hedgehogs have declined by at least 30%.

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) compares the decline of UK hedgehogs to that of the loss of the world’s tigers.  

We read much about endangered species – in June 2019 UEA declared a climate and biodiversity emergency – and it can feel overwhelming as an individual, to know how to help.  Well, here on our doorstep is a beloved native species that we can all do something to help – both on campus and more widely in our own gardens.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

The Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative is a national campaign for universities who Hedgehog Friendly Campus hogwant to protect these much loved native animals. Launched jointly by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the NUS, the initiative has three levels of accreditation, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Universities are often in a unique position to help conserve our hedgehogs.  UEA, in particular, has a campus that is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna – one of which is the hedgehog! Join UEA in our quest to make our campus an environment where hedgehogs can thrive.

UEA has registered a team and anyone, staff and students, wanting to know more or find out how to become involved can contact us on hedgehogs@uea.ac.uk

You can also follow developments on Facebook (Hedgehog Champions of UEA) and on Twitter @hogfriendlyUEA

Enter our competition

To help launch our Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign we are holding a small quiz for staff and students – the top three correct entries will receive a copy of the excellent RSPB Spotlight book by the award winning writer James Lowen, ‘Hedgehogs’ – signed for us by the author.  This book is crammed with everything you might need or just like to know.  Full of up-to-date information and facts, it is beautifully illustrated and highly readable.  UEA even gets a mysterious mention as the author describes his favourite hedgehog watching location!

James Lowen's book on HedgehogsTo enter, answer the following four questions:

What is the correct term for a hedgehog’s winter nest?

How many hedgehogs were estimated to be in the UK in 1995?

Which major hedgehog charity has co-launched the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative with the NUS?

Below what temperature do most hedgehogs hibernate?

To enter the competition, email your answers to hedgehogs@uea.ac.uk by      Tuesday 12 November 2019.