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The Hedgehog Street team

Meet the team behind the Hedgehog Street campaign

» Emily Wilson, Hedgehog Officer for Hedgehog Street

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 Hedgehog Street, a partnership project between the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and 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, BHPS CEO

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.

 

» Jill Nelson, PTES CEO

I like hedgehogs because…. they are fascinating, amiable animals that have evolved in such an interesting way. They’ve co-existed with us for so long that the prospect of them dwindling is hard to bear. I’m not alone. They regularly top the favourite animal polls which is why so many wonderful people are joining us in the fight to save them.

A bit about me I’ve been running People’s Trust for Endangered Species since 2005. I’ve always worked in scientific organisations and done my best to involve all sorts of non-specialists and well as scientists in research that leads to successful, practical action. PTES supports conservationists working on a very broad range of endangered species worldwide, as well as those right on our doorstep like hedgehogs. Sadly, our wildlife is disappearing. Almost two thirds of species in the UK have declined in the past 50 years. Over 65,000 are on the international alert list. There’s nothing natural or inevitable about this. It can be stopped. And through our work with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society we’re determined to stop hedgehogs declining.

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