After successfully trialling tracking tunnels as a hedgehog survey method, the survey is now being rolled out nationwide. The tunnels take less survey effort than the traditional spotlight method of surveying hedgehogs and can be easily placed in a variety of habitats.
With hedgehogs thought to be in decline in the UK, it is important to get a reliable estimate of occupancy, distribution and habitat use in England and Wales.
The survey was featured on the BBC's Springwatch on the 5th of June, and as a result there already seems to be much interest in the project. Volunteers can register here to take part: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is now the opportunity to conduct a national scale survey of hedgehogs in England and Wales. Overall, we want to survey a minimum of 400 sites across England and Wales during the summers of 2014 and 2015. The National Hedgehog Survey is being conducted by University of Reading and Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species.