Our latest Citizen Science project ‘Glasgow HogWatch’ is funded by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society from April 2019 – June 2020. It aims to monitor and map hedgehog populations in Glasgow and the West of Scotland by conducting torchlight surveys, a variety of events and training courses and implementing hedgehog friendly changes in the landscape.
We are supporting Hedgehog Street, a campaign by The People’s Trust for Endangered Species to recruit Hedgehog Champions and raise awareness of our prickly friends.
Get Involved – in three easy steps
- Volunteer – Hedgehog Safari
- Submit a Sighting
- Become a Hedgehog Champion
We are running hedgehog torchlight surveys in May 2019 and May 2020 in two key Glasgow location to map and monitor hedgehogs. Training is essential for those wishing to volunteer.
Training – Friday 26th April: Stirling 10am – 1pm / Glasgow 6pm -8pm
Stirling: Balallan House, 24 Allan Park, FK8 2QG
Glasgow: Unit M1, Rosemount Business Park, 143 Charles Street, G21 2QA
Surveys – Friday 3rd & 10th / 24th & 31st May
8.30pm – 1.30am (TBC)
Pollok Park – 3rd / 10th May
Hogganfield Loch – 24th / 31st May
Submit a Sighting
When did you last see a hedgehog in Scotland? Hedgehog sightings are vital to this project. It is important to track hedgehog populations across Scotland and pass these on to the national databases so we can create a picture of hedgehog health in the UK. If you have recently seen a hedgehog or have one visit your garden please email three simple pieces of information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location of hedgehog: postcode and address or grid reference
- Status: alive / dead / roadkill
In support of the Hedgehog Street campaign, we want to help put Scottish hedgehogs on the map and we need your help to do so. If you want to ensure your local area has hedgehogs for generations to come you can help by signing up to become a Hedgehog Champion for free.
Over 30,000 have already done so, but we are lacking representation in Scotland!
Hedgehog Street is a community for those with an enthusiasm for hedgehogs and will give you access to loads of free useful resources to help spread the word and to help you find out more about hedgehogs.
Why hedgehogs need your help?
Hedgehogs travel around one mile each night through local gardens and parks in order to find enough food and search for a mate. If you have a fully enclosed garden you might be getting in the way of their plans, and possibly even preventing love from blossoming!
Research has concluded that one of the main reasons why hedgehogs are declining in Britain is because our fences and walls are becoming more and more secure, reducing the amount of land available to them.
One of the easiest ways you can help is by making sure hedgehogs can pass freely through your garden and pledging to create a hole in your wall or fence. Around 13cm x 13cm is a perfect size, and too small for most pets. Encourage your neighbours to connect also, and help create hedgehog highways through urban areas of your town.
Hedgehog friendly gardens
Hedgehogs aren’t particularly fussy but they do thrive best in a messy garden. Once you have connected up your garden with a ‘Hedgehog Hole’ there are some other simple changes which you could make. Here are a couple of key features which can help your local ‘hogs’.
This is one of the best garden features for wildlife, especially the hedgehogs, plus it’s easy to create. Log piles provide a safe, secure site for breeding or hibernating and offer a year-round food supply for hedgehogs as insects love deadwood.
Collect any old dead wood from your garden or ask the local park for permission to take some from their supply and pile it up in a quiet corner of your garden – the bigger, the better. As the wood rots down you can replenish the logs from time to time.
Not only can leaf piles be used as a potential nesting site but they can also be used for bedding material for any other nest sites or hedgehog boxes in the surrounding area. Please be careful when tidying leaf piles as there may be a hog in residence!
It is usual for most gardeners to have a big tidy once or twice a year. This can remove nesting or hibernation sites for hedgehogs, and reduce the number of insects in the garden (essential hog food). Pick a corner of your garden and leave it to go a bit mad, remember messy is good for hedgehogs!
This hedgehog-friendly feature is often overlooked but every garden should have one! Hedgehogs will benefit from having a year-round water supply, and they will thrive on the added insects and amphibians that the pond will attract. Hedgehogs are excellent swimmers, but be sure to include a gently sloping edge in your pond for them to escape and prevent them from drowning.
Whilst semi-natural features such as those listed above are much better nesting options for hedgehogs, they can and do use specially made hibernation homes, or ‘hibernacula’. These can be created using wood, plastic boxes and other material and extensive guidance is found through the link below. Here’s a step by step guide to creating the Hedgehog Steet ‘DIY Hog Home’.
Found an injured hedgehog?
If you have found a hedgehog you are concerned about please use gardening gloves to collect it, bring indoors and put in a high sided cardboard box with an old towel or fleece in the bottom for the hedgehog to hide under. Put the box somewhere quiet.
Fill a hot water bottle and wrap in a towel, place this at the bottom of the box to ensure a gentle heat comes through. Make sure the hedgehog can get off the hot water bottle if it becomes too warm. Always keep the water warm, if it becomes cold it will chill the hedgehog and do more harm than good. If the hedgehog is bleeding, avoid using a hot water bottle as this will increase the bleeding.
Offer meaty cat or dog food and freshwater and call Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre 01505 502415 or the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999 for further advice.
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For more information, to volunteer or submit sightings please contact:
Unit M1, Rosemount Business Park
143 Charles Steet
Mobile: 07970 169 607