Have you seen a hedgehog in Fife?

Most of us would recognise a hedgehog, but sadly these iconic animals are declining across Britain.  We would like to know if you’ve seen one in Fife, to help us learn more about how they’re doing in the Kingdom.

Why the decline?

There are a few possible reasons for the national decline.  In urban areas, increasingly tidy gardens,                                                                                              impenetrable fencing around gardens and replacement of gardens with hard surfaces could be contributing factors, whilst in rural areas, loss of hedgerows and pesticide use may have an impact.

What can we do?

There are lots of things we can do to help, including having features in our gardens that attract natural hedgehog food like snails, slugs and worms and that give hedgehogs a safe place to nest and hibernate.  Growing a variety of plants, having leaf and log piles and allowing an area to become more overgrown can all be helpful.  Most importantly, hedgehogs need to roam – working with our neighbours to link gardens via holes in fences or channels below garden boundaries will greatly benefit them.

Report your sighting!

Whether you are lucky enough to have hedgehogs in your garden, have sadly seen a hedgehog dead on the road or even remember seeing hedgehogs regularly somewhere in Fife you have not seen them for a while, all records are useful.

Please report your sightings of hedgehogs, or any other wildlife in Fife using our online form or by contacting us at nature.info@fife.gov.uk.

 

Useful external links

Hedgehog Street

British Hedgehog Preservation Society

People’s Trust for Endangered Species

The Wildlife Trusts