Next phase for hedgehog-friendly campus plans

Published: 4 October 2019

Efforts are ongoing to make the Easter Bush Campus a place where hedgehogs can safely feed, shelter and breed.

An initiative to protect hedgehogs is entering its next stage at the Easter Bush Campus, with the aim to raise awareness and safeguard hedgehogs.

This follows a summer survey that found hedgehog footprints in temporary tunnels around campus, as well as hedgehog sightings on camera.

Efforts are continuing with plans for the creation of a conservation map of the Easter Bush campus – home to The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies – and information for students and staff about what to do on discovering a hedgehog.

The activity is part of a national Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign, funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. It aims to raise awareness of the mammals’ plight and help safeguard their future.

The number of hedgehogs in the UK has fallen by up to a half since 2000. It is estimated there are fewer than 1 million left.

Increasing habitat loss in rural areas means hedgehogs are moving into more built-up areas. Urban areas present the creatures with a host of challenges including road traffic, litter, poisoning and lack of access to food and water.

The University of Edinburgh is working with partner organisations to educate staff, students and the neighbouring community about hedgehog friendly behaviour. Landscape experts are creating habitats where the mammals can feed, shelter and breed.

Organisers say the project will help make Easter Bush suitable and safe for hedgehogs.

We launched the campaign as university campuses are often surrounded by land that can help hedgehogs thrive.

Jo Wilkinson, Project Leader of the Hedgehog Friendly Campus

This is an exciting and valuable project where Easter Bush is working towards Hedgehog Friendly Campus accreditation. This is a project where staff, students and the community can all play a part in protecting their local wildlife.

Elizabeth Vander Meer, Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability




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