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Durham University

Greenspace

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

We successfully gained the Silver Accreditation from the Hedgehog Presevation Society for the Academic Year 2021/22 - an amazing achievement - especially under lockdown. We are now working on attaining the Gold award.

To acheive the Silver award, many students and staff took part in various campaigns, events and initiatives. The Silver award was achieved by completing hedgehog-friendly activities, conducting hedgehog surveys, taking part in The Big Hedgehog Friendly Litter Pick, in which the University came first, and many other activities. Thank you to all our volunteers, our Working Group, Student Conservation Groups, Grounds & Gardens Team and the Energy & Sustainability Team.

Want to keep up with what the group is up to? Visit the Durham University Hedgehog Friendly University campaign facebook page or the British Hedgehog Preservation Society's website for more details.

New Hedgehog Homes

Our prize for winning the litter pick for attaining the silver ward has now been placed within the Botanic Garden and we hope this will soon be taken over by a family of hedgehogs.

Our Grounds Team have been busy making additional hedgehog houses which have now been placed in several areas across the University Estate, including the Botanic Garden and also within several college grounds.

A map has been created to show the locations of sightings of hedgehogs around Durham City and it hoped installing the additional hedgehog houses, our numbers will increase. If you see any hedgehogs please log your sightings on the Big Hedgehog Map.