Campaign offers tips and advice for wildlife enthusiasts
A new app has been launched by Hedgehog Street, a national campaign ran by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), to help bolster declining hedgehog populations.
Users will receive monthly advice and FAQs and can record sightings of wild hedgehogs, helping conservationists to understand where populations need help.
Hedgehog officer for the campaign, Grace Johnson explains: “We know hedgehogs are in trouble – we’ve lost 50 per cent of hedgehogs in rural areas since 2000, which is a staggering amount. But, there are ways that we can all help. Our monthly top tips [range] from leaving a shallow bowl of water out for thirsty ‘hogs in the summer, to providing nesting materials and supplementary food before hedgehogs hunker-down for hibernation.”
The ‘Hedgehog Street’ app is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. It launches ahead of National Hedgehog Day, celebrated on Sunday 2 February 2020.