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Hedgehog Ecology and Management for Practitioners training course

This unique training course provides a professional guide to hedgehog ecology, surveying and mitigation. 

Course content

hedgehog tunnel outdoor training session

Talk 1 Ecology and behaviour – an overview of basic biology, ecology, behaviour, disease and rehabilitation
Talk 2 Threats to hedgehogs and the law – urban and rural threats; UK conservation status and decline; UK legislation; the latest survey methods
Outdoor session To reinforce theory
Talk 3 Land management for hedgehogs – practical advice on management and mitigation

Cost: £75 per person

Duration: Full day

Why do I need to attend this course?

Hedgehog numbers have declined by a third in the last decade in both rural and urban areas. We need to change the way we manage our land to help support wild hedgehog populations.

This course is aimed at people involved in the management of public spaces or private amenity land. This includes consultants, landscape architects and developers. Immediately recognisable and popular with the public, hedgehogs provide a means to engage people in biodiversity issues and an intelligent focus for satisfying the requirements of the NERC Act. Hedgehogs are also frequently overlooked in ecological impact assessments. Small management changes can dramatically improve areas of land for this UK BAP species, potentially reversing its decline and enriching biodiversity more broadly.

This course has been produced in partnership with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and developed with hedgehog experts Dr Pat Morris & Dr Nigel Reeve.

Book your place

“The course on Friday was most excellent, thanks so much! a thoroughly informative day and has motivated us to think about hedgehog surveying the Canterbury area.” Kari Mcsherry, Native Ecology

This is a rolling programme of dates and locations. Current courses are as follows:

Bespoke courses can also be arranged upon request. Contact hedgehog@ptes.org for any further enquiries.

The trainers

We have recently trained up as many hedgehog officers as possible.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide training nationwide, but will do the best we can to accommodate your request. Our current trainers are:

Please contact these people directly if you and your colleagues are interested in doing a course in the area.

 

 

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