Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: -2°C

Search

Suffolk Wildlife Trust appeal for help in finding hedgehog population ‘black holes’

10:05 24 October 2014

Hedgehogs: Have you seen one?

Hedgehogs: Have you seen one?

People are being urged to contact Suffolk Wildlife Trust if they have not seen a hedgehog where they live for the last two years or more.

The so-called negative sightings are needed for the charity’s pioneering citizen science survey, which is designed to indicate where healthy populations of hedgehogs are located in the county.

The Trust launched their campaign in April this year following increasing concern about the dramatic decline of hedgehogs across the UK. Since that time more than 7500 records have been added to an online recording website.

Dr Simone Bullion, the Trust’s mammal expert, who is leading on the campaign, said: “The data we have will help us identify where hedgehogs are in the county, what we really need to do now is clarify where they are not. It’s human nature to record something you see, it’s not such an obvious action to record something you don’t. However, to get an accurate picture of what’s happening to our hedgehogs, we really need this information.”

She added: “So far around 200 negative records have been submitted – this is where people have told us they have never seen a hedgehog where they live. Often, these records are interspersed with records of live animals, making them less reliable. A concerted effort now to find out where the population black holes truly are will be a valuable addition to next year’s plan of action for the species.”

If you have not seen a hedgehog where you live (and have lived in or known this location for two years or more) go to hedgehogs.ispywildlife.org and choose to report a sighting.

To help the Trust understand how rapid any population change has been, people are also encouraged to record if they used to see hedgehogs in a location before 2012, but no longer do.

If you are unable to report sighting online please call the Trust on 01473 890089 (Mon-Fri 9am -5pm).

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

He risked his life for our freedom, flying in 31 raids on Nazi Germany, and he lived to tell the tale.

‘Crude, clumsy and pointlessly lurid’ or ‘colourful, practical and deliverable’ the design for a Suffolk town’s new-look leisure centre has divided opinion.

The British government must be prepared to stand up to new US President Donald Trump when senior ministers visit him for the first time.

Fast cars, towering mansions and luxurious holidays are usually top of the shopping list for young popstars earning millions of pounds.

Paper owls which were a focal point in a shop’s window display have been sold off to raise cash for Woodbridge Royal British Legion.

A well-attended weekly run is cancelled today due to problems on the course.

Last week an American girl came to work in our office, writes working mum-of-three Ellen Widdup.

A man last night died during a crash between a car and a lorry, police have confirmed.

Preparatory work on a masterplan for 2,000 new homes at Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath is under way.

A criminal investigation has been launched by police into a failing care home in Hadleigh at which a resident died.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24