We’re currently working towards the Hedgehog Friendly Campus Bronze Award and one of the initiatives was to run a small mammal survey in our grounds. This was to see if we already have a hedgehog population and what other wildlife may have made our green spaces home.
A small number of colleagues helped us carry out the survey, one of which was Jim Biggin, here’s what he made of it.
The University of London Small Mammal Survey
"I attended a workshop today, organised by the University’s Sustainability team and the Hedgehog Preservation Society. The group listened to a seminar, had a tunnel-building workshop in Deller Hall, and then headed out to the University’s campus to place our tunnels in prime hedgehog habitat, like Gordon and Woburn Square.
I personally highly value these opportunities the University offer. For me, it makes work more rewarding, and I will certainly look for workshops of this kind to continue to contribute to what makes the University so great.
The purpose of the workshop was to contribute to the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative by the Hedgehog Preservation Society, in the hope we can achieve Hedgehog Friendly Campus Bronze.
Apparently hedgehogs are now vulnerable to extinction. We learned there has been a 50% reduction in number since 2020. But they also have adorable paw prints like little hands and apparently, hedgehogs even eat dead animals like birds, and typically like beetles over slugs and snails.
The host also gave some simple steps we can all do at home to restore habitats. For example, we can cut a CD case size hole in our fences to allow them to pass through. We can also leave piles of logs and leaves, rather than throwing it away, and leaving patches of grass to grow long for them to rest in.
After putting the tunnels down, it felt great to be able to get involved with the sustainability team, getting our hands a bit dirty, out of the home, and helping the process of improving the biodiversity of our campus."
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