University of Salford pledges to become hedgehog friendly
Staff and students at the University of Salford have committed to making the campus hedgehog friendly, by joining a national campaign designed to safeguard the hedgehog population.
The Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme is funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and aims to turn university campuses into a suitable and safe space where hedgehogs can thrive.
Hedgehog numbers in the UK have declined by up to half since the year 2000 and it’s estimated that there are fewer than 1 million of them left due to roads, litter and a lack of food, water and natural habitat.
With the help of university communities across the country, the Hedgehog Friendly Campus initiative aims to revive hedgehog populations by raising awareness and improving habitats so that campuses become a sanctuary for prickly visitors seeking food and shelter.
The team at the University of Salford is run by Estates and Facilities with the help of staff and student volunteers, and is currently working towards Bronze accreditation.
In order to receive the accreditation, campuses need to be litter free, with joined-up habitat and plenty of opportunity for hedgehogs to eat and drink. There should also be visible hedgehog houses dotted around the campus to keep the hogs safe and dry.
Neva Mowl, Environmental Management Coordinator at the University, said: “We are really excited to be taking part in the Hedgehog Friendly Campus programme. We've already got our two Hedgehog Champions Chloe and Helen, and lots of staff and students are getting involved but we always welcome more volunteers.
“Although the team can’t currently be on site due to the Covid-19 situation, there are still plenty of actions that we can work on from home to make the University of Salford hedgehog friendly!”
The initiative was founded at the University of Sheffield in September 2018 and launched as a national campaign in 2019.
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