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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

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Hedgehog Survey

TWIC's Hedgehog survey aims to gather up-to-date information on the distribution of hedgehogs, Erinaceus europaeus, in south-east and part of central Scotland.

The hedgehog is listed on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as a Priority Species and has suffered a significant decline in recent years. One study showed 20% decline over 4 years in the number of individuals seen.

By launching a survey of hedgehogs and inviting everyone to send in their hedgehog sightings, TWIC hopes to develop a clearer picture of the status of the hedgehog in our region. We will then be able to develop a baseline to monitor what is happening to hedgehogs in the future.

If you see a hedgehog (dead or alive) please let us know. Follow this link to submit your hedgehog sighting online.

For more information, please download our Hedgehog factsheet (PDF, 283 KB) or visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website.

Results to date

Thank you to everyone who has submitted records to the survey. Since the start of the survey in April 2011, we have received over 2000 hedgehog sightings for our area.

Maps showing records held by TWIC before the start of the survey in March 2011 and now can be viewed on the left hand side of the page. Please continue to send TWIC your sightings to provide valuable information on the hedgehog population in our area.

The records can also be viewed on the NBN Atlas Scotland.

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TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. This project is supported by NatureScot.