An estimated 30% of hedgehogs have disappeared over the past decade. There are now fewer than one million left.

Once a common sight in our gardens, this spiny species is now declining rapidly across the UK. The reasons for the declines are not clear, but habitat loss and urban development – particularly the loss of hedgerows, habitat fragmentation and the intensification of agriculture – is to blame. Roads, garden pest control – including slug pellets – and the increasing use of impenetrable garden fencing is certainly contributing to the decline of our urban hedgehogs.

What Action Are We Taking?

The Trust is working with the Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery and the Parks Ranger Service to help our hedgehogs in this corner of South Birmingham. We are surveying this fascinating site, collecting records of sightings in the neighbourhood, improving the natural spaces within the cemetery to encourage hedgehogs and engaging local residents, schools and community groups to make similar improvements to their gardens.

We're now asking you to be a hedgehog hero and tell us where you've seen hedgehogs across the whole county so that together we can help halt the decline of the beloved hedgehog. We're also appealing to people to make their gardens a safe haven for hedgehogs and ensure their safe passage through urban spaces. 

Together, school children at St Alban's Catholic Primary School and Woodthorpe Junior and Infant School, and community film maker Rachel Gillies, have made this short film to document the work taking place at Brandwood End Cemetery, and show you how you can help hedgehogs too:

 

 

Have you seen a hedgehog? Let us know!

Hedgehog (c) Tom Marshal

The Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, along with other Wildlife Trusts across the county, are taking action to monitor urban hedgehog populations which may be at risk. We need you to report hedgehog sightings to us so that we can map Birmingham's hedgehogs. This will allow us to take appropriate conservation action.

Use the online form to tell us what you saw, when and where you saw it. We also want to know about any hedgehog signs you spot, and even sightings of dead hedgehogs. They all help us to build up a picture of what's happening to our local hedgehogs.

Click here to report your sighting. Don't forget to check out our hedgehog map to see where 'hogs have been seen!

Help hedgehogs at home

There are simple steps you can take to encourage wildilfe, including hedgehogs, into your garden

Whether you have seen a hedgehog in your garden or not, there are many ways you can help hedgehogs thrive in your garden. By encouraging hedgehogs into your garden you will also create a haven for other critters such as birds and garden-friendly insects. 

Click here to read more about the steps you can take to encourage hedgehogs, and click here to discover how to make your garden into a haven for wildlife. 

We’re also encouraging people to link their gardens to allow hedgehogs free movement across the city to find food and mates. Hedgehog Street has some top tips on how to link your garden and encourage hedgehogs. You can even add your hedgehog hole to their hedgehog hole street map.

Found a 'hog in need?

Hedgehogs are night-time creatures and any 'hog out during the day is most likely sick. Hedgehogs also hibernate during the cold months of the year and need to be a certain weight to make it through the winter. If you find a hedgehog in winter that weighs under 600g it will not survive hibernation amd will need extra support

Unfortunately The Wildlife Trust do not have the capacity to take in sick or injured hedgehogs but there are special hedgehog hospitals and rescue centres across the country. If you've found a hedgehog - or any other wild animal - in distress, please contact your nearest wildlife hospital for advice or ring the RSPCA Emergency Out of Hours & Advice Line on 0300 1234 999.