Ipswich Hedgehog Project

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

There are lots of ways you can help us with our Ipswich hedgehog project!

Become a Hedgehog Champion

We are calling on Ipswich residents to become Hedgehog Champions – residents that will manage their garden for wildlife and will enthuse their neighbours to do the same. It is only through this collaborative effort that we will be able to create Hedgehog Highways - linked gardens across whole streets, with hedgehog habitat for feeding and nesting too.

We will provide a resource pack containing hedgehog friendly gardening tips and resources to distribute, as well as ongoing support to help you enthuse your neighbours. Night cameras and footprint monitoring tunnels can be borrowed to determine whether hedgehogs are visiting your garden - all training provided! We will also provide a free set of Hedgehog Highway plaques to mount above hedgehog holes made along your street - just send a photo to hedgehogs@suffolkwildlifetrust.org (and encourage your neighbours to do the same). 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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Ipswich Hedgehog Champions in action - the beginnings of Hedgehog Highways, by Angie, Simon and Mark

Want to help but don't live in Ipswich? You can still become a Hedgehog Champion through the national campaign Hedgehog Street, but we'd still like to hear from you.

Hedgehog Community and Education events Volunteer

Help us run our hedgehog community and education events around Ipswich. Events range from hedgehog craft afternoons, family nature trails, hedgehog stalls, small mammal survey mornings, Night Safaris, and activities in local primary schools. Help will be needed with general event running and setting up, as well as chatting to attendees about our project and how they can help hedgehogs. All training provided. Please email our Ipswich Hedgehog Officer Ali to recieve a volunteer registration form: hedgehogs@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Hedgehog survey volunteer

Help us survey hedgehogs in green spaces around Ipswich. Do you belong to a community group, or are you just interested in learning how to monitor for hedgehogs in your local patch? We are looking for volunteers to run footprint tunnel surveys for us - all equipment and training provided. Please email Ali to register your interest: hedgehogs@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Ipswich hedgehog night survey volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help us with a two week period of field work looking to detect hedgehogs as part of a mark recapture study. Please email Ali to register your interest: hedgehogs@suffolkwildlifetrust.org

Ipswich Hedgehog Intern

We are currently recruiting for an intern to support our work. Please find details here.

Our hedgehog project has been made possible by the support of Heritage Lottery Fund and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.