The British hedgehog population has declined by up to half since the year 2000 but at Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt are doing our bit by joining the British Hedgehog Preservation Society campaign to make the campus even more hedgehog friendly.
The project is part of a campaign by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society that turns university and college campuses across the country into places where hedgehogs can thrive. A number of volunteer students and staff members are continuing their work as hedgehog ambassadors to help push the scheme forward to achieve our Silver award by planning to complete tasks such as campus litter picks, creating hedgehog houses, delivering information about hedgehogs and how to preserve them on social media – and letting colleagues know about the group in the staff newsletter!
British educational establishments like Sparsholt have been chosen to join the campaign to create litter-free environments with joined up habitats and opportunities for hedgehogs to eat, drink and nest, due to campuses like Sparsholt’s generally possessing large estates with favourable habitat for hedgehogs.
To follow campaign progress, search for the hashtag #HogFriendlySparsholt. If you are a passionate student who would like to get involved in this campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to join the environmental society
Nicola Edwards, HE Wildlife Ecology and Conservation lecturer and has been one of the ‘Hedgehog Champions’ planning and coordinating the first activities which will happen between now and December 2023 for our Gold Award.
Nicola says, “We’re delighted by the high level of interest we’ve received from staff and students about this campaign. Hedgehogs are now classified as vulnerable to extinction in the UK and we’ll be working to turn the Sparsholt campus into even more of a hedgehog friendly habitat that it already is.”
Vicki Fraser (Animal Management FE Lecturer) along with Animal Management students is developing safe living spaces for hedgehogs around campus and also raising awareness about the impact upon littering to the species. Vicki says, “It is such a good initiative and a great collaboration between multiple departments.”
Some facts about hedgehogs…
What we have done to achieve our Silver Award?
To achieve our Silver Award, we have:
What we have done to achieve our Bronze Award?
To achieve our Bronze Award, we have:
We have even more planned for next year so what better time to join our Environmental Society!
What you can do at home and around campus
Have you seen a hedghog?
If you have spotted one of these creatures head over to the big hedgehog map to report your sighting, or even if you haven’t yet, why not find out how many hogs have been sighted near you?
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