Make your campus a place where hedgehogs can thrive
HFC: Spotlight on Sheffield
What is Hedgehog Friendly Campus?
Hedgehogs are vulnerable to extinction in Britain, due to habitat loss, development, roads and garden hazards. There are now thought to be fewer than one million hedgehogs left.
Hedgehogs have declined between 30-75% since 2000 in rural areas. City dwelling hedgehog numbers appear to be recovering after a long period of decline but there is more work to be done.
Whether your campus is green or urban, you can help to bring hedgehogs back from the brink.
A BABY HEDGEHOG IS
CALLED A HOGLET
Photo by Hedgehog Street
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
From litter picks and hedgehog surveys to campaigning and blogging, there’s something for every campus.
Watch the video below to see what’s been happening at one of our hedgehog-friendly campuses.
Hedgehog Friendly Campus gives awards to universities, FE colleges and primary schools who complete actions from our hedgehog-friendly toolkit.
You’ll use our bespoke toolkit full of hedgehog-friendly actions to protect hedgehogs, enhance their habitat and educate others on how they can help.
We’re looking for staff and students to help.
WHAT SUPPORT DO WE GET?
As well as access to our toolkit and a free certificate, campuses get free hedgehog-friendly training, resources and guidance.
Want to run a hedgehog survey, help to raise awareness or even make some hedgehog-friendly habitats? We can help!
AROUND 5000-7000 SPINES
OUR CHAMPIONS & AMBASSADORS
Photo by Aleksandra Maddams
Claim your Student Hedgehog Ambassador digital badge now!
Are you a university or college student that has taken part in Hedgehog Friendly Campus this year? If so, you may be eligible for a Student Hedgehog Ambassador digital badge from us. Please fill in this form carefully to claim.
A digital badge is a validated indicator of your skills or experience and can be used when you're applying for jobs! Badges are issued to student volunteers that have met the eligibility criteria. Find out more about the badge here.
What is a Hedgehog Champion?
A Hedgehog Champion is a staff member or student who will lead their Hedgehog Friendly Campus team. You will be the main point of contact for your campus Hedgehog Friendly Campus programme.
What is a Hedgehog Ambassador?
A Hedgehog Ambassador is a staff member or student who helps their Hedgehog Friendly Campus team to make positive changes for hedgehogs on campus.
“Hedgehog Friendly Campus was invaluable in helping me to get a job as Hedgehog Street Intern at the People's Trust for Endangered Species.”
— Anina, Sussex University Hedgehog Champion
“HFC provides a platform to engage students and staff in why our natural landscape is so important, and shows how small changes can generating a lasting impact”.
— David, Greenwich University Hedgehog Champion
“I got involved with Hedgehog Friendly Campus because I am passionate about helping animals”.
— Sophie, Roehampton University Student Hedgehog Ambassador
"We are proud of everything we’ve achieved but in particular securing gold level but more importantly, making a real difference to hedgehogs on the school grounds and helping to educate children and their families so they can do their bit.
We enjoyed planning and working on the vast range of activities and projects that the Hedgehog Friendly- Schools criteria suggest".
— Helen, Lord Deramore's Primary School Hedgehog Champion
"We became involved in the Hedgehog-Friendly Schools award because we wanted to learn more about, and help hedgehogs which we know are in decline".