New Patron – Dr. Amir Khan

Dr Amir Khan

We are delighted to announce that Dr Amir Khan is our newest patron. Dr Khan, a regular on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Lorraine, freely admits to being completely besotted by the hedgehogs that visit his garden!

Dr Khan said of his new appointment: “British hedgehogs should be a common sight across the UK, but sadly these precious creatures are in decline. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing them thrive in their natural environments and we all now have a role to play in keeping these wonderful animals from fading away into our history books. That’s why I am delighted to be a patron for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, I am lucky enough to have hedgehogs in my garden and want to encourage others to make their gardens and streets as hedgehog friendly as possible!”

Fay Vass, CEO of BHPS said “We are so pleased to welcome Amir on board – his affection for the natural world, and for hedgehogs in particular, is well known and shines through when he speaks about them. We are sure he will be an asset to the Society and will help us spread the word about how each one of us can do our bit to help hedgehogs in the wild.”

We have recently been publicising the importance of leaving out shallow bowls of water for hedgehogs, especially during dry weather. Dr Khan explains: “The problem is that natural food and water sources literally dry up when it’s hot, so offering some meaty cat or dog food for hedgehogs and a cool drink of fresh water can really be a lifesaver. It’s a good idea to make sure there are a few pebbles in there too so that insects that fall in can escape.”

First Aid, Care & Rehabilitation of Hedgehogs Course

The course is run in partnership with Vale Wildlife Hospital and is at the Hospital site in Gloucestershire (Beckford, Nr Tewkesbury). 

It runs from 9 am until around 4.30-5 pm and must be booked and paid for through the BHPS by phone on the rehabilitator directory for a year or more, we will subsidise the cost by 50%, meaning we will pay £30 towards your space and it will cost you just £30. 

You will need to bring your own lunch, but hot drinks will be available.

We currently have spaces on FRIDAY 26th August 2022 course, please call us to book.

THE COURSE INCLUDES:

·        a brief introduction to Vale Wildlife Hospital

·         legal aspects

·         zoonotic risks

·         initial examination & assessment

·         wounds

·         fluid therapy

·         administering fluids (practical session)

·         worried about green ‘poo’?

·         parasites

·         ongoing care

·         diet

·         release

·         includes a full colour course book containing all the information covered on the day and much more, plus a certificate of course completion.

BHPS celebrates its 40th birthday!

Major Adrian Coles MBE, who became nationally known as Major Hedgehog, founded the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) in 1982 and was instrumental in giving the hedgehog the high profile that it now enjoys. We continue to work tirelessly to improve awareness of the plight of the hedgehog.

It all began when Adrian found a hedgehog in a cattle grid on his land; he rescued it using a saucepan and then realised that if there hadn’t been a Major on hand with kitchenalia, the hedgehog would not have survived! He used his position as a County Councillor at the time to get Shropshire Council to install escape ramps in all its grids. The resulting publicity was so vast that he realised there was a great appetite to help the humble hedgehog in the UK; and so, the Society was founded.

On our 40th birthday, we are asking people to grant some hedgehoggy birthday wishes!

  • Make Hedgehog Highways in fences – 5” x 5” (13 x 13cm) square gaps in the bottom of fences or walls should do it! Once created you can log these on the BIG Hedgehog Map at www.bighedgehogmap.org
  • Create an undisturbed log pile that will offer shelter and food.
  • Buy or build a Hedgehog Home (see plans here or contact us for a paper copy).
  • Offer water and meaty cat or dog food for hedgehogs – you can even build a feeding station to help keep the food safe (see plans here or contact us for a paper copy)
  • Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming.
  • Ditch pesticides and poisons.
  • Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.
  • Create a wild corner – leave a corner or edge to go wild, supplying shelter and natural food for hedgehogs in the form of bugs and grubs!
  • Join BHPS (or if you are already a supporter – recruit someone else). Prices start at just £7.50 for an individual UK supporter!

Fay Vass, our Chief Executive said “Hedgehogs are struggling and mostly that’s due to human activity; these small actions can help a great deal – a little effort from each of us could make life a lot easier for hedgehogs! If you don’t have a garden yourself, you can still help by contacting public space managers, neighbours, family and friends to ensure they are doing their bit.” 

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 1st – 7th May 2022, it is organised by the BHPS and takes place every year. It aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them, find out more by following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 1st – 7th May 2022

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 1st – 7th May 2022, it 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 we are celebrating the 40th Birthday of BHPS and asking people to grant hedgehoggy birthday wishes!

  • Make a Hedgehog Highway in Fences – 5” x 5” (13 x 13cm) square gaps in the bottom of fences or walls should do it! Once created you can log these on the BIG Hedgehog Map at www.bighedgehogmap.org
  • Create an undisturbed log pile that will offer shelter and food.
  • Offer water and meaty cat or dog food for hedgehogs – you can even build a feeding station to help keep the food safe for hedgehogs (see plans on BHPS website or contact us for a paper copy)
  • Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming.
  • Ditch pesticides and poisons.
  • Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds & pools.
  • Create a wild corner – leave a corner or edge to go wild supplying shelter and natural food for hedgehogs in the form of bugs and grubs!
  • Join BHPS (or if you are already a supporter – recruit someone else).

BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said: “Hedgehogs are struggling and mostly that’s due to human activity, these small actions can help a great deal, a little effort from each of us could make life a lot easier for hedgehogs! If you don’t have a garden yourself, you can still help by contacting public space managers, neighbours, family and friends to ensure they are doing their bit.”

BHPS is urging everyone to become a Hedgehog Champion for their area at Hedgehog Street – a project run by BHPS and People’s Trust for Endangered Species. Join over 105,000 Champions by signing up for free at: www.hedgehogstreet.org – you will get an email with top tips on how you can help hedgehogs each month and there’s even a Hedgehog Street app you can download from The App Store or Google Play!

BHPS is hoping to raise £2,000 during Hedgehog Awareness Week 2022, you can donate to the 2022 #hedgehogweek appeal at: www.justgiving.com/campaign/HAW22

Leaflets and posters are available on this website under ‘information’ or we can post paper copies out on request. A downloadable copy of the Hedgehog Awareness Week (HAW) poster is available by clicking below.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a BHPS-funded award programme, offering free support to help universities, FE colleges and primary schools make impactful changes for hedgehogs.

This year, they’re expanding their Hedgehog Friendly Schools programme and want more primary schools to get involved. Participating primary schools can work towards Bronze, Silver or Gold levels.

You’ll be completing activities that protect hedgehogs from hazards, enhance their habitat and raise awareness about hedgehog decline. You’ll get access to loads of free classroom activities, campaigning resources and advice. You’ll also get free mammal survey resources so you can see what animals are visiting.

Hedgehog Friendly Schools makes a great class project, Eco-Council project or whole-school project for schools who want to create positive change for a species in need.

If your primary school is interested in becoming a Hedgehog Friendly School, contact Jo at info@hedgehogfriendlycampus.co.uk to get involved.

Follow the programme on social media @hogfriendly.

C.oey-y-Garn Primary School completing a hedgehog footprint survey on their grounds
St Josephs Primary School poster competition.
Broadmayne Primary School’s ‘Pledgehog’ pledge board.
Lord Deramore’s Primary School litter pick.

NEW State of Britain’s Hedgehog Report issued today!

Today our Hedgehog Street project launched the State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2022 report. Hedgehog Street is a partnership between the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

Hedgehog Friendly Campus Awards 2021-22

Hedgehog Friendly Campus is a UK-wide award scheme funded by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Teams of staff and students work to apply hedgehog-friendly actions on and around their university, college or school.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all those who achieved their #HFCBronze, #HFCSilver and #HFCGold accreditations for 2021/2022! Don’t see your institution listed and want to get involved? Email info@hedgehogfriendlycampus.co.uk for more information.

Universities

The following Universities have achieved Bronze Accreditation (2021/2022):

Bournemouth, Cardiff, Coventry, Cranfield, De Montfort, Hartpury, London School of Economics, Oxford Brookes, Queen Margaret Edinburgh, Royal Veterinary College, Sheffield Hallam, Staffordshire, Bradford, UCLAN, Hertfordshire, Hull, St Andrews, Warwick, Writtle.

The following universities also renewed their Bronze accreditation (2021/2022):

Bristol, Brighton and Sunderland

The following Universities have achieved Silver Accreditation (2021/2022):

Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bath Spa, Birmingham City, Bishop Grosseteste, Cardiff Metropolitan, Durham, Falmouth Exeter Plus, Kingston, Leeds Beckett, Nottingham Trent (Brackehnurst, City and Clifton campuses), Newcastle, Swansea, Chester, Chichester, Derby, Glasgow, Greenwich (Avery Hill, Greenwich and Medway campuses), Huddersfield, Leeds, Nottingham, Salford, Southampton, Stirling, Suffolk, Westminster, Wrexham Glyndwr and York St. John.

The following universities also renewed their Silver accreditation (2021/2022):

Bristol

The following Universities have achieved Gold Accreditation (2021/2022):

Bristol, Edinburgh, Essex, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, Keele, Kent, Lincoln, Liverpool, Roehampton, UWE Bristol, Winchester, Worcester, York.

FE Colleges

The following FE Colleges have achieved Bronze Accreditation (2021/2022):

Berkshire College of Agriculture, SMB College (Brooksby Campus), Forth Valley College, Grwp Llandrillo-Menai, Hadlow College, Kendal College, National Star College, Newark College, Sheiling School and Sheiling College, Sparsholt College and University Centre Sparsholt, The Sheffield College.

Primary Schools

The following primary schools have achieved Bronze Accreditation (2021/2022):

Willowtown Primary School, Wool CE Primary School.

The following primary schools have achieved Silver Accreditation (2021/2022):

St Joseph’s RC Primary, Milton Primary Academy, Broadmayne First School.

The following primary schools have achieved Gold Accreditation (2021/2022):

Aspin Park Academy, Abernyte Primary School, Brackenfield School, Ysgol Gynradd Coed-y-Garn Primary School, Harrysmuir Primary School, Grappenhall Heys Primary School, Grandtully Primary School, Lord Deramore’s Primary School.

Well done all – keep up the good work!

Trustee Positions Available

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (Registered Charity number 1164542) currently has two opportunities to join our board of Trustees. Please note that the positions are voluntary, though out of pocket expenses will be met.

  • BHPS is a UK charity founded in 1982 dedicated to helping & protecting hedgehogs native to the UK. 
  • Visit www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk for more information on our work.

Trustee Role Purpose

As a trustee, you will be responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity, developing its aims, objectives and goals in accordance with guidelines.

The trustees carry out business on behalf of the charity. In your role, as a trustee, you will help to protect the wealth and assets of the Charity. You will be legally responsible for the assets and debts of a trust. 

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with finance and fundraising experience, and would welcome all applicants with the appropriate skill set.

Trustee Responsibilities

Trustee responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that the Charity complies with guidelines and legislation.
  • Making sure that the Charity pursues its defined goals.
  • Monitoring the financial position of the Charity and ensuring that it operates within its means and that there are clear lines of accountability for financial management
  • Ensuring that the resources of the Charity are used only to pursue legitimate objectives.
  • Contributing to the board of trustees’ role of providing strategic direction and supporting the development of policies, goals and targets.
  • Maintaining the good name of the Charity.
  • Making sure that the administration of the Charity is carried out efficiently.
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the Charity.
  • Scrutinising board papers and other communications.
  • Using specific expertise to assist in certain areas.
  • Participating in working groups as necessary.
  • Attending seminars and networking events when required.
  • Leading discussions and providing guidance on new initiatives, particularly in areas where the Trustee has specific skills, knowledge or expertise.
  • Maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive or confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee.
  • Regularly attending and taking a full part in meetings. The board meets (on a Tuesday) in Worcestershire, once every quarter.

Skills and qualifications

We are seeking two new Trustees with specific skills and experience in finance and fundraising., In addition, Trustees are expected to have the following skills:

  • Commitment to the goals and aims of the Charity.
  • Dedication to the role and a willingness to devote the required time.
  • The ability to make good independent judgements.
  • Understanding the importance of carrying out required legal duties.
  • Proven strategic abilities that can be used to create effective plans.
  • Strength of character coupled with the ability to voice concerns and opinions.
  • Proven experience working as a member of successful teams.
  • Integrity and objectivity which can be applied to all aspects of the role.

To apply

If you are interested in applying to be a Trustee, please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter explaining what you can offer the Society to Fay Vass, CEO, BHPS, Hedgehog House, Dhustone, Ludlow, SY8 3PL (email info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk). Closing date 30th November 2021.

Ben’s Bonfire Concerns for Hedgehogs

With many 5th November events back after the lockdown gap last year, and people hosting bonfire parties in gardens, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and its Patron Ben Fogle are concerned that hedgehogs will be injured or killed if the piles of material aren’t carefully checked. Ben is asking for the public’s help – “Please, please, please spare a few minutes to check for hedgehogs – you could literally save a life! Hedgehogs are in serious decline and this is one thing you can do to keep them safe. There are other small changes you can make that will help even more, take a look at the BHPS website for ideas.”

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of the Society added Ben’s right! A bonfire pile looks like a 5* hotel to a hedgehog seeking a safe and cosy winter home to hibernate in. They aren’t to know we plan to set light to it!”

The Society has a three-step plan to try to ensure the safety of hedgehogs on bonfire night:

  1. MOVE the materials to clear ground on the day they’re to be lit, then
  2. CHECK the pile carefully just before striking that match, and finally
  3. OFFER an escape route by only lighting from one side.

Hedgehogs tend to hide in the centre and bottom two feet of the bonfire, which should be checked by gently lifting the bonfire section by section with a pole or broom. Never use a spade or fork as these can stab them. Using a torch will help and listen for a hissing sound, as this is the noise they make when disturbed.

Fay continued “If a hedgehog is found, take as much of the nest as you can with it and place in a high-sided cardboard box with plenty of newspaper, old towelling or straw. Ensure there are air holes in the lid and that the lid is secured firmly to the box, as hedgehogs are great climbers. Wear gardening gloves or use an old towel to handle them so as not to get human smells on them and to keep them calm as hedgehogs are easily stressed; it also protects your hands from their spikes! Put the box in a safe, quiet place such as a shed or garage well away from the festivities and offer the hedgehog some meaty cat or dog food and water. Once the embers are totally dampened down, release the hedgehog under a hedge, bush or behind a stack of logs near where it was found, with its original nesting materials.”

We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of our much loved patron John Challis.

John was a dedicated patron for over a decade and during that time we got to see just how much he adored our prickly friends. He was totally committed to the cause, championing the hedgehog and BHPS whenever he could, readily agreeing to filming, events, media requests and promoting the charity with great warmth and humour. We will miss him very much indeed and send our most sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time of great loss.