Hedgehog Friendly Campus
The University of Glasgow is a bronze-accredited Hedgehog Friendly Campus. A team of staff and students at UofG have signed up to the UK nation-wide Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign, which strives to make university sites accessible and welcoming environments to the Eurasian hedgehog.
Following the troubling news that hedgehogs are now listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List for British mammals, it is more important than ever that urban environments are made as hospitable as possible for these endearing mammals.
Hedgehog numbers have been in steep decline over the last 50 years, however recent records show that some populations are seeing a boost in numbers in urban areas. With this in mind, the Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign is targeting university campuses – which often occupy a lot of space in towns and cities – to make them more biodiverse and accommodating for hogs.
What we do
The UofG HFC team carries out a range of activities including:
- Litter picking
- Hedgehog surveys
- Campaigning for hedgehog-friendly management of green space
How can I help?
As well as protecting the natural environment, this initiative also offers a great opportunity for students to gain skills in wildlife surveying, campaigning and project organisation and delivery.
The scheme is open to anyone in the university and there are plenty of ways to get involved. If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch with the team via Twitter, Facebook, or send an email to Lizzy Cairns (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further info on the project.