TRUST WARNS GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S HEDGEHOGS ARE UNDER THREAT

Thursday 22nd October 2015

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has launched a new report warning that the hedgehog is under threat of extinction in Gloucestershire.

"Hedgehogs have suffered serious decline since the 1950’s,” says Trust president and TV presenter Ellie Harrison, who has recorded a special hedgehog film for the Trust.

“We are highlighting the worrying fact that if this trend continues then, in just a few generations from now, hedgehogs may no longer form part of our wild ecology nor will they be enjoyed by our great-grandchildren."

we can save Gloucestershire’s hedgehogs but we really need your help

Ellie Harrison

“Whilst we don’t know the exact reason why hedgehog numbers are falling,” says Dr. Colin Studholme of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, “one is thing is certain hedgehogs in the county are under threat. Intensive agriculture, loss of hedgerows and grassland, use of pesticides, tidier gardens and new houses (with hedgehog-proof fences) and new roads have all played their part. The accumulation of all these factors in Gloucestershire is isolating hedgehogs into smaller pockets making local extinction more likely.”

Learning more about where the hedgehog is holding on is critical and the Trust is calling on the people of Gloucestershire to get involved to help and tell us if they’ve seen a hedgehog by logging both sightings and ‘non-sightings’ - over 600 sightings have already been added to the map.

“Our message is simple,” continues Ellie Harrison, “we can save Gloucestershire’s hedgehogs but we really need your help."

The Trust has put together an action plan to halt the decline in Gloucestershire.

• Working with local communities to help them improve their local areas for hedgehogs
• Establish the first hedgehog “Living Landscape” in the county where
hedgehog conservation will be a priority
• Work with developers in order to make new developments more hedgehog friendly
• Raise awareness of what individuals can do to make their own gardens fit for hedgehogs

For more information and to download a copy of the State of Natural Environment Gloucestershire hedgehogs in decline 2015 please visit www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk