Students Staff

7 May 2020

Join us in becoming a Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Filed under: News — Laura Mathias @ 8.35 am

University of Essex is working towards the Silver award for a Hedgehog Friendly Campus accreditation.

Hedgehog numbers in the UK have declined by up to half since the year 2000. It is now estimated that there are fewer than 1 million left. Becoming a Hedgehog Friendly Campus means that the University of Essex will become a safe space for hedgehogs to thrive.

To achieve silver we will be completing a set of actions which includes:

  • Having a Hedgehog committee
  • Tracking hedgehogs on campus and at home
  • Involving students in a hedgehog activity
  • Leaving log piles in the grounds for hedgehogs to use as their homes
  • Surveying hedgehogs on campus grounds
  • Carrying out an awareness campaign to encourage local residents, staff and students to become hedgehog friendly too!

If you would like to be involved in our committee, raising awareness of hedgehogs or helping us gain data by tracking hedgehogs in your garden then please email Rebecca – Sustainability Engagement Officer rmossa@essex.ac.uk.

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