Hedgehogs are currently suffering from a severe population crash, with the numbers estimated to have reduced from 1.5 million to 750,000 in a 10 year period. Experts predict they could be extinct by 2020 if this rate of decline continues. In 2007, hedgehogs were added to the UK’s Biodiversity Action Plan as a species in need of conservation and protection, a welcome move for those involved in helping them.
We are very lucky in having an active hedgehog population in Nottinghamshire and we all need to take responsibility for helping this most inoffensive and charming of mammals, recently voted Britain’s favourite environmental icon.
These pages look at the things we can all do to help hedgehogs, ranging from simple things we can do in our everyday lives, to attracting hedgehogs into your garden, and advice on what to do when you find a hedgehog out in the day or in distress.
If you have found a hedgehog in distress please visit this page