Hedgehog Friendly Campus
This autumn our University is launching the Hedgehog Friendly Campus - the first campaign of its kind on a university campus to raise awareness of the plight of UK hedgehogs and take action to safeguard their future.
The UK’s beloved hedgehog is in trouble, with populations plummeting 50% since 2000. Increasing habitat loss means hedgehogs are moving out of their rural homes and into built areas. But here they face a whole host of challenges, including road traffic, litter, poisoning and lack of access to food and water. If we don’t do something soon, this iconic mammal is likely to be a thing of the past in the UK.
The University of Sheffield is doing its bit to help. Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a new campaign that wants to arm a new generation of hedgehog champions with the skills and knowledge to give the dwindling hedgehog population a fighting chance. It will educate our staff, students and the surrounding community about hedgehog friendly behaviour, both on campus and at home.
Anyone can get involved in the campaign. Click here to book on to the upcoming launch event on the 6 of September 7.00 – 8.30pm, where you can learn more about the plight of the hedgehog and what you can do to help. The event will feature a selection of stalls, a live-drawer, creating illustrations in front of the audience, and speakers including PhD student Mira Lierberman, from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, and charismatic hedgehog ecologist and author, Hugh Warwick.
You can also take part in a three part Hedgehog Night Safari, where you will get the opportunity to explore Sheffield's wild side after dark and learn how to survey for hedgehogs in and around Weston Park. Click your preferred date to book:
Sheffield University’s Sustainability Projects Assistant and Green Impact Coordinator, Jo Wilkinson, developed the campaign, using her passion, knowledge and experience of hedgehog ecology and conservation. In the future, Jo hopes that the campaign will be delivered across universities, colleges and school campuses throughout Sheffield. You can contact her at Jfirstname.lastname@example.org for more information.