Hedgehog Friendly Campus
Hedgehog numbers have declined by up to 50% over the last 20 years. The British Hedgehog has been officially declared vulnerable to extinction and features on the IUCN Red listed species. In 2020, NTU made a commitment to make further improvements across the estate to help the UK’s Hedgehog population as part of the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative. In February 2021, NTU achieved a Bronze Award from the ‘Hedgehog Friendly Campus’ and in January 2022 we achieved the Silver Award for Brackenhurst, Clifton, and City Campus.
From April 2022 NTU will be working towards Gold accreditation. If you’d like to be involved in this change-making project please email the team.
Our work towards achieving a Hedgehog Friendly Campus has included:
- Hedgehog surveys completed twice during the year at all three campuses with a small population increase found at Brackenhurst.
- Increased areas of campus green space left to ‘rewild’ helping to support hedgehogs and other local biodiversity that support hedgehogs survival.
- Pond audits across the estate completed and ponds with steep sides and no means of escape for wildlife now have steppingstones added.
- Introducing log piles to our City campus for the first time and adding to those at Clifton and Brackenhurst
- NTU’s very own Lizzie Carr celebrated our HFC success!
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.
The results were fascinating. 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.