The Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign was established by Jo Wilkinson and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society to promote the plight of our native hedgehogs, who have been in decline over recent years. Alex Foxley-Johnson, who leads the Hedgehog Friendly Campus team at the University of Lincoln, explains the benefits of joining the campaign below:

Name of the Organisation:

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Lincoln

Type of case Study:

Business and Community

Please outline the project and how it includes sustainability / low carbon principles?

In 2019, the University of Lincoln joined the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative, a national campaign supported by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. The project aimed to make our campus hog-friendly through education, volunteering, and promotion of the national campaigns through Hedgehog Awareness Week. The project also included ensuring the environment in which hedgehogs live as safe and welcoming as possible.

In 2020, we achieved bronze status by completing hedgehog surveys, providing a hedgehog first aid webinar, fundraising for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, organising litter picks and more. We've also created "hogitats" and rewilded several areas on our city campus, we have a healthy population of hedgehogs and they have made use of our wild areas.

Recently, Bishop Grosseteste University also joined the campaign, and we've been collaborating with their team on a larger campaign to make Lincoln a hedgehog friendly city.

What benefits have you seen as a result of measures taken?

This campaign has improved connections between staff, students and the local community. It has also provided learning opportunities for those who want to create a wildlife-friendly habitat in their homes and on campus.

We have also raised the profile of hedgehogs and their decline in the UK.

On campus, there have been real benefits to wildlife and plant biodiversity; we rewilded several areas of our Brayford Campus and installed 4 “hogitats” (or log piles). Last year we counted over 30 Bee Orchids in our rewilded spaces. Our hedgehog population appears healthy and they are making use of the longer grass and hogitats.

How do you think this could be replicated across Lincoln?

We are working with both the national hogfriendly campaign and BGU on creating a guide for helping hedgehogs in Lincoln.

The campaign has also been rolled out to include schools and colleges this year, having previously only been available to universities. It is our hope to make Lincoln a hedgehog friendly city, and we will be campaigning for this heavily in 2021.

Is there any further information you would like to share/include?

Our website: https://estates.lincoln.ac.uk/hogfriendly

Twitter: @uolhedgie

Facebook: @uolenvironment

We're interested in sharing success stories and case studies across Lincolnshire. If you have a project, community or business initiative, or are just doing something to benefit the environment personally, please do get in touch. You can email us at lincolnclimatecommission@gmail.com.