Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Suffolk: First data back from Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s pioneering hedgehog survey

10:39 11 August 2014

Dr Simone Bullion, of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Dr Simone Bullion, of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

The analysis of data from a pioneering citizen science campaign to help the county’s hedgehogs is now in its preliminary stages.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust are asking people to record their sightings of live and dead hedgehogs over to help focus their future conservation efforts.

Trust experts, who still want people to log their hedgehog information online or over the phone, are now beginning to pore over the 5,000 records already submitted.

Dr Simone Bullion, the Trust’s senior conservation officer, said the project - a response to a dramatic decline in UK hedgehog numbers - had clearly captured the public’s imagination.

She added: “We’ve had a look at the data and we’ve got some idea of the numbers that we have got. Obviously we have got a bit more of the season to run, but we’ve already had a bit of 5,000 records which is brilliant.

“It appears that at the moment about three quarters of those are where people are seeing a living hedgehog, and a quarter where people are seeing a dead hedgehog by the side of the road. I thought we would probably have about 50:50 living and dead, so it’s really encouraging that people are reporting things like hedgehogs in their gardens.”

Dr Bullion said the Trust still want people to log their hedgehog information.

She added: “What we would love to push on is that we really need to hear, one if you’ve never ever seen a hedgehog in this location and also if you used to see hedgehogs in this location, but are not seeing them now.

“Of course there ‘s a lot of enthusiasm about hedgehogs, which means people are telling us when they see them, but we also need to drill down into finding whether there is a decline, which means those records where people used to see them but are not seeing them anymore are really, really important.”

To celebrate reaching 5,000 records the Trust’s mascot hedgehog, Humphrey, has recorded a special thank you message to everyone who has got involved.

You can watch it at suffolkwildlifetrust.org/hedgehogs.

1 comment

  • Are you taking into account the number that 'Truckers' eat for their snacks ?

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Monday, August 11, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

An apprentice mechanic from Ipswich who is driving for gender equality in the workplace has won national recognition for her talent.

A disabled man from Ipswich has spoken of his heartbreak after Christmas presents he bought for his friends and family were stolen from his flat.

A drone pilot has offered a rare glimpse of Felixstowe Pier’s offshore promenade.

Water has been leaking from an underground pipe for weeks at Ipswich railway station – but there’s no agreement on who is responsible for it or on when it will be repaired.

Two teenagers were arrested in police drug raids at two addresses in Pelican Close, Ipswich, this morning.

A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting in Ipswich has been bailed by police.

A young girl was taken to hospital after she was knocked over by a van today.

The police hunt for missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has been labelled “incompetent” by his mother, as an online campaign has raised more than £15,000 to hire a private investigator.

Distraction thieves are targeting victims in Suffolk by asking for directions and then stealing their purse.

Whether it’s a Santa Claus pug or a hamster dressed as an elf, we want to see it in your Santa Paws pictures

Most read

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24