British hedgehogs are now officially classified as ‘vulnerable to extinction’. They appear on the first red list for UK mammals, published in July 2020.
According to the new list, a quarter of native mammals in the UK are now at risk of extinction with key reasons including a lack of good habitat and a failure to link habitats with wildlife corridors. The loss of hedgerows and the introduction of fencing that prevents hedgehogs gaining access to enough gardens in urban areas are also key issues.
There has never been a more important time to support the work of your local wildlife rescue in helping to save vulnerable species and raising awareness of how you can help to prevent further decline.
You can read my top tips on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly here.
One of the best things you can do is to create a hedgehog highway to ensure that hedgehogs can roam to find sufficient food and a mate.
I run a hedgehog hospital in York, England. You can find out more about my work here. You can also support my work by making a donation here. If you are looking for your local hedgehog rescue, there are some great links on this page.
I make beautiful jewellery inspired by nature and wildlife to raise funds for my hedgehog rescue and awareness work. Please visit my online shop at www.littlesilverhedgehog.etsy.com