Hedgehog sightings in Staffordshire are providing valuable information

Hedgehog sightings in Staffordshire are providing valuable information

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Added by October 13, 2015

Staffordshire’s leading nature conservation charity has received almost 130 records of hedgehog sightings since launching a campaign to raise awareness of their plight one month ago.

In September, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust launched ‘The Last Hedgehog in Staffordshire?’ campaign which has seen 100,000 homes across the county receive an information packed booklet informing people about hedgehogs, whose numbers have dropped dramatically, with 95 per cent of the population being lost since the 1950s.

As part of the campaign, the Trust has been asking people to send in their sightings of hedgehogs to help monitor population trends and distribution.

Since launching the campaign on September 15th, the Trust has received almost 130 records of hedgehog sightings across the county.

Of those records, over 40 were sent in from the Stafford district, 30 in North Staffordshire and 35 in the South Staffordshire area.

People have been encouraged to send in their sightings to the Staffordshire Ecological Record, the Ecological Records Centre for Staffordshire, which is based at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s headquarters, The Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley.

Rory Middleton, Survey Assistant, said: “We have been inundated with hedgehog sightings and are very pleased with the response since ‘The Last Hedgehog in Staffordshire?’ campaign was launched.

“It is encouraging to see so many people recording sightings of hedgehogs and other wildlife in their gardens and submitting these to the Local Environmental Records Centre and we hope that it continues into the future.

“These sightings provide extremely valuable information about where the hedgehogs have been spotted across the county.

“Collecting this information could help to inform future conservation work and determine population trends.”

Since launching the ‘The Last Hedgehog in Staffordshire?’ people have been encouraged to become a member of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to help the charity take steps to provide vital habitat for hedgehogs and conserve other wildlife too. The Trust is also urging people to create hedgehog friendlygardens by carrying out a number of steps to give the mammal a helping hand.

More information on ‘The Last Hedgehog in Staffordshire,’ how people can send in sightings, become a member or he

More information on ‘The Last Hedgehog in Staffordshire,’ how people can send in sightings, become a member or help hedgehogs can be found by visiting www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/hedgehog.

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