The Wildlife Information Centre's Hedgehog survey aims to gather up-to-date information on the distribution of hedgehogs, Erinaceus europaeus, in south-east and part of central Scotland.
The hedgehog is listed on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as a Priority Species and has suffered a significant decline in recent years. One study showed 20% decline over 4 years in the
number of individuals seen.
By launching a survey of hedgehogs and inviting everyone to send in their hedgehog sightings, TWIC hopes to develop a clearer picture of the status of the hedgehog in our region. We will then be able to develop a
baseline to monitor what is happening to hedgehogs in the future.
If you see a hedgehog (dead or alive) please let us know. Follow this link to submit your hedgehog sighting online.
Update (February 2017)
Thank you to everyone who has submitted records to the survey so far! Since the start of the survey in April 2011, we have received almost 2000 hedgehog sightings for our area.
Maps showing records held by TWIC before the start of the survey in March 2011 and now can be viewed on the left hand side of the page. Please continue to send TWIC your sightings to provide valuable
information on the hedgehog population in our area.
The records can also be viewed on the National Biodiversity Network Gateway and the NBN Atlas Scotland.
A factsheet on hedgehogs is available to download on left hand side of this page. The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is also a
great source of information on the conservation and ecology of Hedgehogs.
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