Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Suffolk: Wildlife Trust launches hedgehog survey

PUBLISHED: 10:20 09 May 2014

Hedgehog by Darin Smith

Hedgehog by Darin Smith

Archant

A “citizen science” survey of hedgehogs will be officially launched in west Suffolk as experts try to identify how many are left in the wild.

The survey by Suffolk Wildlife Trust follows a dramatic decline in UK hedgehog numbers over the last decade.

The trust hopes that by asking people to record their sightings of live and dead hedgehogs over the next year, it will be possible to focus conservation efforts in particular areas.

Michael Strand, the trust’s development manager, said: “We know hedgehog populations UK-wide have fallen by at least 30% over the last ten years and if we want to help hedgehogs right here in Suffolk, we have to find where the remaining hedgehogs are so we can focus our objectives and get people taking action for hedgehogs in the short term and the long term.”

It’s thought to be the first time such a survey has taken place in the county. Mr Strand said the records of the sightings will be collated by the trust towards the end of the year and it is hoped that conservation objectives can be formed by early 2015.

He added: “It’s a survey where everyone can potentially participate whether they are young or old.

“Hedgehogs are a species that people can really identify easily, so everyone can be part of this project.”

So far more than 600 sightings have been recorded on the ispy website across the county.

The survey launched last week in Ipswich and will be launched in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

A team from the trust, including Humphrey the Hedgehog, will be in The Arc from 9am to 4pm to answer questions.

To take part in the survey visit hedgehogs.ispywildlife.org/ or those with no internet access can phone 01473 890089.

For more information about hedgehogs and hedgehog conservation visit suffolkwildlifetrust.org/hedgehog-action

A group of men from London are facing drugs charges and money laundering offences after a police chase on the A14 at the weekend.

Drivers heading home from work in west Suffolk this evening could face long delays on the A11 after a lorry tipped over on the southbound carriageway near Barton Mills.

Proposals for an accommodation complex housing 2,400 power station construction workers in Suffolk have been criticised in an independent report – with energy bosses urged to rethink the plans.

A driver killed in a crash which also left his seven-year-old daughter seriously hurt has been named by police as they continue their appeal for witnesses.

An Ipswich computer repairer who downloaded child porn has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.

A jealous Suffolk man who fired a BB gun at a car after finding text messages from the vehicle’s owner on his partner’s phone has been jailed for ten months.

A former geography teacher from Essex says that schoolchildren should be taught more about what to do if a natural disaster occurs after getting caught up in the earthquake which hit Kos last week.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24