Hedgehog Champions

Hedgehog by Paul Sawyer FLPA

Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Ipswich Hedgehog Project aims to make Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in the UK, but we need your help!

We are calling on Ipswich residents to become Hedgehog Champions – garden owners that are managing their garden for wildlife and will enthuse their neighbours to do the same! This will help us create a network of Hedgehog Highways across town - gardens linked together with hedgehog fence holes and important hedgehog habitat. It is only through a large collective effort that we will be able to link the green spaces of Ipswich together - can you help?

Making your garden ‘hog friendly is easy – make sure you have a hedgehog sized hole in your fence for access (13x13cm), wild areas for nesting and feeding opportunities (wild flowers, log piles, fallen leaves), avoid steep sided ponds (put a ramp in to make sure your ‘hogs can get in and out for a drink) and try to limit your chemical use – encouraging hedgehogs is a great natural way of keeping those pesky slugs at bay! Click here for more wildlife friendly garden tips.

We will provide you with a resource pack to help you highlight the importance of the work you are doing to your neighbours and we will also have night cameras and monitoring tunnels to loan out to our champions– a great way of seeing the wildlife that is visiting your garden. Click here to find out more about our 'Making Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in the UK' project.

Sign up to become a Hedgehog Champion

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Once you’ve sent us a photo of your hedgehog hole we can give you details about having a lovely green hedgehog highway plaque to attach to your fence.

Share your hedgehog stories, photos and videos with us on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust in Ipswich facebook page, on twitter @IpswichHogs or by emailing Ali - contact Ali. We’d love to hear from you! Keep up to date with the project by following our blog.

Ipswich Hedgehog Champions in action - the beginnings of Hedgehog Highways, by Angie, Sally and Ann

Want to help but don't live in Ipswich? You can still become a Hedgehog Champion through the national campaign Hedgehog Street. Head to their website for more information.

This project is made possible by the support of Heritage Lottery Fund and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.