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The Hedgehog Street team

Meet the team behind the Hedgehog Street campaign

» Emily Wilson

I like hedgehogs because…  I love their gentle nature.  There is still so much to learn about these night time visitors and this piques my natural curiosity, but one thing I do hear a lot is how people are seeing less of them.  So I want to do whatever I can to help the plight of this popular British species.

A bit about me I have the honour of being the new ‘Hedgehog Officer’ for the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) in partnership with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), taking over from the previous officer you may know – Henry Johnson. I help to run the Hedgehog Street campaign, support research into hedgehogs, work with developers and planners to tackle habitat issues, design courses to teach land managers about hedgehog conservation and give talks and interviews to promote the cause. I have a masters degree in conservation biology and several years of working in the conservation and animal welfare sector.

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of BHPS

» Fay Vass

I like hedgehogs because…. Hedgehogs are special; you can interact with them perhaps more than other wild animal. To protect themselves they curl up in a ball rather than flee so if you wait patiently and keep quiet you are rewarded by being able to watch them snuffle round and amble off. Seeing a hedgehog in the wild is always a treat and I remember a hedgehog visiting the garden being one of my very first wildlife encounters as a child.

A bit about me I started working part time at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) in 1999 and gradually took on more and more responsibility until I became Chief Executive. A large and important part of our current work, and therefore my job, is Hedgehog Street, working closely with the PTES to try to help hedgehogs in practical ways and funding important research to help us better understand how we can further assist the species.  As well as Hedgehog Street, the BHPS produces a wide range of information leaflets for the public, vets and schools, most of these are available on our website.  I am alarmed at the current rate of decline of the hedgehog population and sincerely hope that our work will help slow or halt that decline.