Helping hedgehogs in Cambridge
Hedgehog populations in the UK are declining at an alarming rate. We have lost around a third of our hedgehogs in the last 20 years. As a result, hedgehogs are now classified as an endangered species.
Why are hedgehogs struggling so much? Unfortunately it is mostly because of human activity. In rural areas the use of pesticides and destruction of hedgerows has reduced their habitat and food source. Meanwhile, in urban areas, sprawling housing developments and retail parks replace biodiverse habitats. And then there are the threats from cars, dogs, strimmers, chemicals and bonfires. It is not surprising that we are worried. There is still hope for these captivating creatures but they need your help.
Cambridge Hedgehogs is a new charity in Cambridge, UK that is raising awareness of how the public can help our native hedgehog populations. In the longer term, we are hoping to find a suitable site to open a hedgehog hospital to treat sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs and rehabilitate them.