You can help Northamptonshire’s hedgehogs with our new survey.
These charismatic mammals are a much-loved species of our country, but since the millennium, we have lost 30% of them.
By mapping hedgehog sightings from the public, conservationists can gain a better understanding of the species’ population and distribution and can plan how to help them.
The causes of hedgehog decline are complex and can vary between rural and urban locations.
In rural areas, these causes can include use of pesticides, larger field sizes, hedgerow management and ploughing of pastures.
In urban areas, theses causes can include loss of gardens, reduced connectivity between gardens, busy roads and the use of pesticides.
For more information about hedgehogs and how you can help them, visit the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire website.
How to submit sightings of hedgehogs
Hedgehog sightings can be submitted via the Northamptonshire Biological Records Centre (NBRC) using the form below.
If this is your first record submission, please read our quick guide to Using the NBRC Website to Submit Biological Records.
If you would like to submit more than one sighting or plan to submit sightings on a regular basis, please create an account before you submit your sightings. You will then be able to view, edit and download all your submitted records.
What to do if you find a sick or injured hedgehog
Hedgehogs can sometimes suffer from sickness or injury, and need to be cared for by specialist wildlife rescuers. If you find a sick or injured hedgehog, you should phone the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890 801 for advice.
You can still submit sightings of sick, injured and dead hedgehogs to the NBRC, please note this in the comments section of the sighting record.