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Helping hedgehogs in our towns & cities: a free guide

The decline of hedgehogs in our towns and cities appears to be slowing as revealed by the most recent State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report , but we have still lost around a third since the millennium. Small management changes can dramatically improve areas of land for hedgehogs and other species, potentially reversing the dramatic decline we’re seeing and also enriching biodiversity more broadly.

We’ve recently published free advice for anyone working in green spaces within a town or city, including parks, schools, church yards and recreational spaces.  We want to work with managers of all types of urban green spaces and encourage them to make those few changes to land management practices that will help to bring hedgehogs back to the urban landscape – making hedgehogs a common sight once again.

This new illustrated guide, which was created with the help of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, will provide some useful pointers about a hedgehog’s year and their life cycle, to help increase understanding of hedgehog hibernation. It also identifies the threats they face through: habitat fragmentation; the impact of roads, pesticides and machinery; predators and disease.

If you would like a free hard copy of this guide, please contact us at hedgehogs@ptes.org.  We also run hedgehog ecology and management training courses for practitioners, so for more information and to locate your nearest course leader visit www.ptes.org/hedgehogtraining

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