Hedgehog conservation strategy and population trends
PTES and BHPS have produced the only comprehensive summary of the hedgehog’s population trends in the UK – The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report.
It analyses all current hedgehog survey data from across the sector including data from RSPB, BTO and PTES robust mammal surveys.
It shows that in the past decade alone we have lost over a half of our rural hedgehogs and a third from our towns and cities. Although, the decline in our towns and cities seems to be slowing down, the situation in the countryside is a real concern. This decline is not sustainable and it could be that we lose our spiky friends for good. This is why we are working with farmers across the UK to help them manage their land more sensitively for hedgehogs and try to bring this animal back from the brink.
In 2015, PTES and BHPS launched the first ever National Conservation Strategy for the European Hedgehog. This is a 10 year strategy looking to reverse the catastrophic decline that we are seeing with our hedgehogs.