Vote for “Hedgehog Close” in the 2018 Charity Film Awards!

Please vote for “Hedgehog Close” in the 2018 Charity Film Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that our charming short film has been nominated, but now we really need your help as we enter the public vote stage!

Please vote for us here:

The two minute film was released on social media during ‘Hedgehog Week’ and swiftly shared by BBC Springwatch as well as a host of other major charities and organisations. To date, the film has gathered well in excess of 600,000 views on Facebook as well as a huge amount of positive audience interaction and shares.
The aim throughout was to create something engaging and charming but with a strong message embedded. Achieving the right tone was crucial, and the voiceover from BBC’s Gordon Buchanan was an important ingredient in setting the right mood and feel.
From the outset, we wanted the film to also engage a younger audience and we were delighted about how well it went down with children and parents alike. The film has been screened in a number of schools and is now being sent out within educational packs.
The film was also featured on The Daily Telegraph website and endorsed by the likes of Aardman Animations guru Peter Lord CBE.


Hedgehog Housing Census!

Do you have a hedgehog house in your garden?

Today, #HedgehogStreet has launched the first ever national hedgehog house survey, in partnership with the University of Reading and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

If you have a hedgehog house, take part in the survey today: and help us find out more about these spikey visitors so we can better protect them.

Hedgehog Housing Census
Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 30th April to 6th May 2017 and hedgehoggy events are being organised all around the country already!

Hedgehog Awareness Week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and takes place every year.  It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.

This year efforts are focussed on our strimmer campaign.  We have produced water proof stickers that we are sending to councils, tool hire companies, grounds maintenance teams, etc free of charge on request (email  The stickers remind operatives to check areas for hedgehogs before using any machinery.  Once the group have received the stickers and sent us a pic of them in action, we can add them to our Hedgehog Heroes Roll of Honour!  See


Strimmer Label 

As well as checking areas before cutting there are other things we can do to help too:

  • Ensure there is hedgehog access in your garden – a 13cm x 13cm gap in boundary fences and walls.
  • Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
  • Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
  • Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
  • Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
  • Cover drains or deep holes.
  • Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.


BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said “We are asking people to pledge to do at least one positive thing for hedgehogs during the week and if possible let us know, send us pictures of the hedgehog hole or home you create, or from the event you organise!”


Here are a few more ideas of how you can get involved:

  • Contact your local council or tool hire shop and ask if they will use the free stickers from BHPS on their machines – ask them to email us direct on
  • Organise an event such as a cake sale, fun day, sponsored event, coffee morning or jumble sale.
  • ]Display information (BHPS can provide) in your work place or local Garden Centre, School, Library, shop, etc.
  • Contact your local newspaper or radio station a few weeks before Hedgehog Awareness Week and ask them to help hedgehogs by printing a letter from BHPS (we can provide a letter to the editor on request) or by arranging an interview with us during the week (ask them to call 01584 890 801 to book a slot).
  • Post leaflets in your area letting people know how they can help hedgehogs (BHPS can provide leaflets).
  • Take a selfie with our #hedgehogweek sign (click here for printable copy)  and send it out via social media during the week.  Remember to tag us on Twitter @hedgehogsociety and use #hedgehogweek

If you are organising an event, PLEASE let BHPS know as soon as possible so that we can keep a comprehensive list of events across the country. We often get calls from the media and public asking for local events and if we don’t know about your event we can’t point them in your direction.


We are hoping to raise £2,000 during Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017, texting HHOG17 £5 to 70070 will donate £5 to this appeal. (You can change amount to £1, £2, £3, £4, or £10 to donate those amounts).


To donate to our Hedgehog Awareness Week campaign online please click

Leaflets and posters are available on our website or we can post copies out on request.


Click here to download the Hedgehog Awareness Poster

Hedgehog Awareness Week 2017

Hedgehog Awareness Week Events 2017

A sad day for BHPS

We are deeply saddened to announce that our Founder, Major Adrian Coles MBE has passed away.

Major Coles, who became nationally known as Major Hedgehog, founded the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in 1982 and was instrumental in giving the hedgehog the high profile that it now enjoys.  Our Charity now has 11,000 members, publishes regular newsletters and works tirelessly to improve awareness of the plight of the hedgehog.

Major Coles was also a Shropshire County Councillor, Civic Head and Chairman, former Chairman of his local District Council (South Shropshire) and former Chairman of his Parish Council. He was well known to Members of Parliament for his campaigns to help the hedgehog, had appeared many times on television and given countless radio broadcasts.

He was awarded an MBE for his services to the community on 2000, was an Honorary Alderman of South Shropshire and was a Freeman of the City of London.

More recently he moved to London and became a Chelsea Pensioner, donning the famous scarlet coat with pride.

Major Coles died peacefully at Royal Hospital Chelsea on 23rd March 2017 aged 86.

We are deeply saddened by loss of someone who did so much for hedgehogs.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Adrian, who leaves our thriving active Charity as a legacy to us all.  Our work will continue” said Fay Vass, Chief Executive of the BHPS – “that is what Major Hedgehog would have wished.”

Our thoughts are with Adrian’s family at this very sad time.