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Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Did you know UWE's Frenchay campus is a Hedgehog Friendly Campus? The university has been recognised by the British Hedgehog Preservation society for its efforts to provide a sanctuary for wild hedgehogs on its Frenchay campus.

For the 2020/21 academic year the university received Silver accreditation for its work! 

Hedgehogs are officially listed as 'Vulnerable to Extinction' in Britain, but here's what the UWE team have been doing to change that:

  • Engaged with the local community to promote and expand the area covered by hedgehog-friendly procedures
  • Installed "hedgehog ramps" to help these creatures get in and out of ponds
  • Expanded the number of log piles, potential habitat areas, and hedgehog-friendly plant and wildflower species
  • Further reduced use of sprays to increase the number of chemical-free areas


Help the hogs!

But we also need your help to fight biodiversity loss. The humble hedgehog has declined by up to 50% in the last 20 years. You can read about how to help hedgehogs here. This includes creating a wildlife sancturary in the corner of your garden for them, and using fewer pesticides. 

Spend some time learning about hedgehogs on this fact sheet. 

Hedgehog Friendly Ambassador 

A group of students have taken on the role of Hedgehog Friendly Ambassador to support hedgehogs on campus and in their local communities. They've played an important part in helping UWE gain it's Silver Hedgehog Friendly accreditation by working with the Grounds team! If this is something you're interested in getting involved with, please email thegreenteam@uwe.ac.uk