Hedgehog conservation strategy and population trends
PTES and BHPS have produced the only comprehensive summary of the hedgehog’s population trends in the UK. It is called The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report.
The report analyses all current hedgehog survey data from across the sector including data from RSPB, BTO and PTES robust mammal surveys.
In the past decade we have lost over a half of rural hedgehogs and a third from towns and cities. The decline in towns and cities seems to be slowing, but 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.