Hedgehog Friendly Campus
NTU has made a commitment to help the UK’s Hedgehog population as part of the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Initiative.
Published by the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), the State of Britain's Hedgehogs 2022 report shows that numbers of hedgehogs have fallen by up to 30% in urban areas and 50% in rural areas since the year 2000. In 2020, the British Hedgehog was declared vulnerable to extinction and listed on the IUCN Red List for Britain's Mammals.
NTU committed to making further improvements across the estate to help the UK’s Hedgehog population as part of the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative in 2020. In 2021, NTU achieved Bronze Award from ‘Hedgehog Friendly Campus’, in 2022 we achieved Silver Award and in 2023 we achieved Gold Award for Brackenhurst, Clifton, and City Campus.
From April 2023 NTU will be working towards Platinum accreditation. If you’d like to become an NTU Hedgehog Ambassador, please email the Sustainability Team.
Our work towards achieving a Hedgehog Friendly Campus has included:
- Hedgehog surveys at all three campuses.
- Allowing areas of campus green space to ‘rewild,’ helping to support hedgehogs and other local biodiversity.
- Undertaking pond audits across the estate; adding stepping stones to ponds with steep sides to help wildlife.
- Introducing log piles to our City campus for the first time and adding to those at Clifton and Brackenhurst.
- Installing a hedgehog crossing sign at Brackenhurst.
- Presenting our work to other universities and local primary schools, as well as mentoring St Peter’s Junior School in Ruddington who achieved Silver Award in February 2023.
- NTU's Landscaping Services Team attending Hedgehog Ecology and Management training to learn more about hedgehog-friendly landscaping practices.
Check Your Bonfires
Log piles are the perfect nesting spot for hedgehogs as they provide protection and warmth as the temperatures drop into winter. Hedgehogs in the UK are already in serious decline and mortality from bonfires places preventable pressure on dwindling populations.
Building a Bonfire? #rememberhedgehogs
The Sustainability Team are asking staff, students and the public to always check their bonfires before lighting. Especially during winter, as hedgehogs will be on the hunt for somewhere to hibernate and a large pile of wood is exactly what they are looking for.
The following steps can be taken to ensure that your bonfire is wildlife friendly:
- Build your bonfire only hours before it is due to be lit.
- If you have built your bonfire in advance, the best practice would be to dismantle the bonfire and move it to a different spot before lighting it.
- Check your bonfire for wildlife with a broomstick, by using the pole to lift the edges of the bonfire. Make sure to check the centre of the pile and listen out for any movement or noise.
- Lighting your bonfire from one side only will provide an escape route if any wildlife has been missed.
Hedgehog road safety in primary schools
Fri 9 Dec 2022
Hedgehogs in hibernation: what are their chances of survival?
Tue 27 Oct 2020
Hedgehogs on roads: new review assesses the problems and solutions
Tue 13 Oct 2020
New research throws light on factors associated with the decline of Britain’s hedgehogs
Wed 5 Sep 2018
Hedgehog Garden Surveys
Following Hedgehog Awareness Week 2020, staff and students were invited to take part in their very own hedgehog garden survey. After completing a virtual training webinar demonstrating how to build your own hedgehog survey tunnel, a group of staff and student volunteers surveyed their gardens for five consecutive nights across various locations in the UK including Nottinghamshire, Manchester, Leicestershire, East Sussex, Cambridgeshire and Conwy and Wales.
Night-time garden visitors included squirrels, rabbits, mice, rats, cats and hedgehogs. One student who took part managed to trace the hedgehog prints back to a hedgehog house she’d put in her garden, and she was delighted to see it has become the home of a nesting female hedgehog. Since discovering that the hedgehog house is occupied, cameras have been located nearby, capturing amazing footage of a very busy hedgehog.
In addition, images taken from night-time cameras at Brackenhurst campus recorded Foxes, Badgers and Hedgehogs.