Help our Hedgehogs Appeal
We need your help to conserve our hedgehogs! Winter is nearly here and it’s time for hedgehogs to hibernate. But how have they fared this year?
Hedgehogs are one of our most appealing and best loved mammals but are currently experiencing a long term decline. They are now so rare that it is easy to remember exactly when and where you last saw one, and this is valuable information that we can use to understand what we can do to help.
Our Hedgehog Watch survey is now closed. Thank you to all who have contributed – we have had over 3000 results! You can still contribute to hedgehog conservation by donating to our Help our Hedgehogs appeal. All money raised will go towards hedgehog conservation by funding a hedgehog officer to identify the gaps in our knowledge currently hindering hedgehog conservation.
Save the Water Vole
Every year, many miles of habitat occupied by water voles is cleared by strimming. The idea is that water voles will move out of areas designated for development, and create new burrow systems elsewhere.
Therefore starting in mid-August, the Mammal Society will be working with WildCRU at the University of Oxford to assess the threat posed to water vole populations by strimming, and attempt to identify workable solutions. What is more, the recent changes in licensing requirements for work with water voles mean that the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations will be able to act on our findings.
Please help us to carry out this vital work, and spread the word among family and friends to donate.
£10 – will cover a day’s transport costs for one of our field staff radio-tracking the voles.
£30 – buys a water vole trap for relocations.
To find out more about the project, please visit the WildCRU website here.
Our Water Vole Mitigation Handbook provides guidance on the recent changes in licensing requirements for water vole mitigation and is now available from NHBS here.
Help save water voles by purchasing The Water Vole by Christine Gregory