Hedgehogs are vulnerable to extinction in Britain, due to habitat loss, development, roads, and garden hazards. There are now thought to be fewer than one million hedgehogs left. Hedgehogs have declined between 30-75% since 2000 in rural areas. City-dwelling hedgehog numbers appear to be recovering after a long period of decline but there is more work to be done.
As part of our bid to become a more environmentally friendly and sustainable campus, the sustainability committee has decided to become a Hedgehog Friendly Campus.
The Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme aims to raise awareness of the plight of hedgehogs while taking practical steps to improve habitats and circumstances for hedgehogs across both college and university campuses. Being part of this scheme will educate our staff, students, and the surrounding community about hedgehog-friendly behavior, both on campus and at home. The Hedgehog Friendly Campus project is funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and runs nationally.
See how many hedgehogs have been sighted in your area, just type your postcode into the BIG Hedgehog Map
Grimsby Institute Hedgehog Friendly Campus group was set up in 2022 and currently has 9 members, if you would like to find out more about the group and what they are up to, then contact Dany Green at [email protected]
Throughout November we will be running a series of litter picks to keep our campus clean & healthy for everyone, including our visiting hedgehogs
Career 6 & Access are holding a ‘Donation Station’ where you can leave your unwanted items from the home to be collected by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
In addition, we are working with a number of departments to create an ideal environment to promote the health and care of our hedgehog visitors including building bug hotels, hedgehog first aid, and raising awareness through social media platforms
We are raising awareness of hedgehog care with lots of information being distributed around campus. Keep your eyes peeled to find out how to best care for hedgehogs who visit our campus and your gardens.