Ipswich Hedgehog Project

Keep up to date with the project by following our blog, here.

Making Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in the UK by:

Creating a street by street network of hedgehog friendly streets across Ipswich

By recruiting Hedgehog Champions who will encourage neighbours to manage their gardens for wildlife, we hope to create a network of Hedgehog Highways across town. Champions will receive a resource pack (below) to help them with this task, and can borrow trail cameras and survey tunnels to help monitor their 'hogs. We hope all champions (and their neighbours) will log their hedgehog friendly garden on our online map, here. Send a photo of your hedgehog fence holes to recieve a free Hedgehog Street Hedgehog Highway plaque to display on your fence. Sign up to become an Ipswich Hedgehog Champion here.

Better understanding hedgehog ecology & distribution

Better understanding the ecology and distribution of hedgehogs will help us better target our work to save them! This year we have been running a series of community surveys across the parks, allotments and school fields of Ipswich, involving over 300 residents in our footprint surveys. Footprint tunnels are distributed along linear features, baited and inked, so that the footprints of any animals using the tunnels can be identified. Check our What's On for survey training events next year. 

We also have trail cameras and footprint tunnels that can be borrowed for Ipswich residents or community groups to survey their own garden or green space. There are no costs and all training will be provided. Please email hedgehogs@suffolkwildlifetrust.org to recieve an equipment booking form.

In Spring 2017 we conducted a population study in North West Ipswich to help validate a method for estimating hedgehog population density. This was a two month research project, with our study site in Ipswich being one of many sites included in a larger study across the UK. We hope that the results will inform future conservation efforts for hedgehogs across the UK. More information can be found on our blog, here and we look forward to the 2018 survey season!

Raising hedgehog awareness

By holding talks and community events we hope to increase awareness for the threats hedgehogs face and the action that can be taken. We run a range of events throughout the year, from evening talks to family activity days, surveys, training days and craft afternoons! We often run park activities in conjunction with the Closer to Nature project, Greenways and Ipswich Wildlife Group. Check our What’s On and Suffolk Wildlife Trust in Ipswich facebook page to find out more.  Keep up to date with what we have been doing by following our blog.


Christmas hedgehog craft event and the hog pod meets Steve Backshall

Working with schools and community groups

By holding assembly’s and activity sessions at schools within Ipswich we hope to enthuse the next generation to help hedgehogs! Sidegate Primary school is the first to take part, with each class appointing two Wildlife Ambassadors. Ambassadors are learning how they can make their school grounds more wildlife friendly, and the importance of taking these ideas home to help improve connectivity for wildlife across the town. They have created their own leaflets to post to neighbours, and will be tracking who is making ‘hog holes on their big school map. Our work with Sidegate Primary school is part of a new initiative – Wild Ipswich – a collaboration of conservation organisations all working towards a common goal – to reverse the loss of biodiversity.

Primary school children inspired by our project after featuring on CBBC Newsround

Working with land managers, planners, ecologists and businesses to promote hedgehog friendly action

We have produced online guidance for hedgehogs in a development context, and run the PTES/BHPS authored 'Hedgehog Ecology and Management for Practitioners' training course. We also offer free bespoke training workshops for land managers, grounds teams and housing associations in Ipswich. By working closely with our planning team we are promoting hedgehog permeable fencing in development plans, and hope to work with fencing contractors and landscapers to actively promote hedgehog-friendly garden features across the town. Please get in touch if you can help!

Fence holes installed by Ipswich fencing contractor Goddard Fencing Limited. Photos by Ipswich Hedgehog Champions Ann and Linda

How can you help? 

  • Manage your garden for wildlife and log your hedgehog friendly gardens & hedgehog sightings on our online map.
  • Survey your garden or green space for hedgehogs - borrow our footprint tunnels and trail cameras
  • Become a Hedgehog Champion - enthuse your neighbours to connect their gardens to create a network of Hedgehog Highways across your town.