Action for Suffolk's hedgehogs

With your help we can bring back hedgehogs to our towns and countryside

Hedgehogs are undergoing concerning declines. In rural areas, over 50% have been lost in the past two decades and in urban areas, up to a third of populations have been lost between 2000 and 2014. There is however hope; a recent report by People's Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Preservation Society indicates that the decline in our towns and cities may be slowing, suggesting the actions that people are taking in their own neighbourhoods could be making a real difference.

For such a small animal, hedgehogs range over a surprisingly large area and in a single night a male hedgehog can travel 2-3 kilometres. The hedgehog that visits your garden will therefore be roaming far and wide - and to do this they need interconnected patches of feeding and nesting habitat.

Our modern landscape fragmented by houses, roads, walls, fences and farming, is an increasingly difficult place for hedgehogs to navigate safely. Reversing the decline of hedgehogs will be a challenge, but creating a network of Living Gardens linked in to a rich Living Landscape is a good place to start.

There are a few simple steps we can all take to help our hedgehogs recover: 

  • Manage your garden for wildlife by creating Hedgehog Highways (fence holes and gate gaps for garden access), wild areas (log piles, keeping leaves on the ground, wildflowers) and limiting your chemical use. More advice can be found here.  If you have a hedgehog fence hole in Ipswich, please send a photo to to receive a Hedgehog Highway plaque!
  • Log your hedgehog friendly gardens & hedgehog sightings on our online map - We’d like to know about your Hedgehog Highways, wild areas and hedgehog nest boxes as well as your sightings of hedgehogs (dead/alive/droppings). Please tell your friends, family and neighbours about the survey too. These records will help us target our future hedgehog conservation work.
  • Survey your garden or green space for hedgehogs – Look out for hedgehog droppings to submit to our online map. Tips for identifying hedgehog poo can be found here. Make a hedgehog footprint tunnel for detecting garden wildlife. Instructions can be found here. If you live in Ipswich, we have footprint tunnels and trail cameras that can be borrowed. Email to receive a booking form! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see footage recorded from our trail cameras across Ipswich.
  • Become a Hedgehog Champion - enthuse your neighbours to connect their gardens to create a network of Hedgehog Highways across your town. If you are based in Ipswich you can sign up to become a Hedgehog Champion here. If you are based elsewhere in Suffolk, send an email to to find out how you can help! 
  • Join Suffolk Wildlife Trust - We can only make this long term commitment to hedgehogs because of the support and enthusiasm of our members. If you are not already a member of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, please consider joining to help us give hedgehogs a fighting chance in Suffolk. Join today.



Have you found a hedgehog that may need help? For general advice please click here.

Find out more about hedgehogs and hedgehog conservation:

Suffolk Wildlife Trust hedgehog fact file

Suffolk Wildlife Trust Ipswich Hedgehog Project

> Suffolk Wildlife Trust hedgehog events in Suffolk

> Ipswich hedgehogs blog

> Secret lives of Ipswich hedgehogs YouTube channel

> British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Hedgehog Street

> People's Trust for Endangered species

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Help for Hedgehogs project

> Help the Hog online game!