We are facing an ecological crisis and hedgehogs are the canary in the coalmine. Their numbers have dropped between 30-75% since the year 2000 and are one of the species now listed as vulnerable to extinction on Britain’s Red List, due mostly to habitat loss and fragmentation.
There is notable public support for the hedgehog and people want to help, but often don’t know how. Hedgehog Friendly Campus provides a framework that supports universities, colleges, students' unions and primary schools to create positive change for hedgehogs and other wildlife on their campus and enables staff and students to recognise their own impacts on nature.
Criteria within our framework set out to achieve three objectives: protect biodiversity, enhance habitats and educate staff and students on their own impacts.
The criteria used in Hedgehog Friendly Campus provide a roadmap - they are not prescriptive and seek to recognise individual institutions’ different approaches.
Themes within the framework include partnerships, policies and procedures, practical action and education. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels are available, measured by an end of year audit.
The British Hedgehog Preservation Society part-fund the Hedgehog Friendly Campus and Hedgehog Friendly Schools programmes and also accredit the award.
We’re looking for university and college students to become Hedgehog Ambassadors. This is a voluntary role with resources and training available. Ambassadors work with their institution and others in the Hedgehog Friendly Campus team to identify and tackle hazards on their campus, enhance the site and raise awareness.
Students can sign up to be Student Auditors for the Hedgehog Friendly Campus and Hedgehog Friendly Schools awards. Audits take place in March and June 2024 and you can register your interest here.
Take part in the Big Hog-Friendly Litter Pick Challenge, a national competition to find out which institution can collect the most litter in and around the campus. Email email@example.com for this year’s dates and to register.
Universities, colleges, students' unions and schools can sign up to Hedgehog Friendly Campus by emailing Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 11, 2023
Reflections on new research on students and their perceptions of their access to nature by Fiona Day from The Mammal Society
April 6, 2023
Hedgehogs are now on the Red List of threatened species in the UK. Save the date to donate to our HogBox campaign and give children the opportunity to save a species.
March 17, 2023
We are excited to launch our latest support package to education institutions across the country! Our offer provides the resource and expertise you need to embed sustainability across your institution
March 3, 2023
Read about how SOS-UK is helping wildlife and how you can get involved to support the wildlife around you.
September 12, 2022
The Big Hog-Friendly Litter Pick Challenge is back for 2022.
July 19, 2022
We are excited to launch our offer for Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) students’ unions for 2022/23.
July 13, 2022
Our unique online toolkit software is getting an upgrade
April 27, 2022
Kamila Wernik, Student Hedgehog Ambassador at Cardiff University, tells us what it's like taking part in a hedgehog survey on campus.