Our Campus has been recognised as a Bronze Level Hedgehog Friendly Campus thanks to the work of our Environmental Enterprise Society's Hedgehog Team.
(Photo: Julia Grootaers, President of the Environmental Enterprise Society with the award on campus. Photo by Louis Ware)
Hear from the team themselves below!
The Hedgehog Team started in October when the President of the Environmental Enterprise Society (Julia Grootaers) reached out to Hedgehog Friendly Campus, an organisation funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, who are encouraging University Campuses all around the UK to become more hedgehog friendly.
Hedgehogs are officially listed as 'vulnerable to extinction' in Britain due to human activities such as encroachment, roadkill, pesticides, loss of habitat connectivity, plastic pollution and gardening malpractices. The Hedgehog Team is determined to change this and transform our campus into a wildlife haven with special attention to our spiky residents. We are a group of 25+ volunteers from Campus and Estate Services staff, University and Union Staff to Students. Through blog writing, campaigning, holding bake-offs and art competitions, talks, litter picks and spreading awareness we have completed all the actions for the Bronze Award within 4 months of founding the Team, a feat which usually takes up to a year to do!
Our Campus is now a Bronze Level Hedgehog Friendly Campus but we're not stopping there!
We've got a whole new game plan to reach our Silver Award which will include lots of events during Hedgehog Awareness Week from the 2nd to 8th of May!
Follow us on our social media to keep up to date with our plans to rewild corners on campus, perform hedgehog surveys and what YOU can do to help the hedgehogs from your own home!