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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. This page describes what to expect from the course and has feedback from people who have already attended.

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: £50 per person

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.

20 courses run so far in 8 regions

64% rating course “excellent” & 34% “good”

“I found the course very interesting and useful and will certainly be recommending it to colleagues.” Dr Peter Walker, RSK and Chair of Cotswolds Rivers Trust

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.

Organisations that have attended Oxford Brookes University Wildlife Trust for Cambs, Beds and Notts.
Adonis Ecology South Glos County Council Resource and Environmental Consultants Ltd
Westover Landscape Herefordshire Wildlife Trust London Underground
Suffolk AONB Warwickshire Wildlife Trust ZSL
Suffolk County Council Oxford Brookes University Royal Parks
Sinfield Trust National Trust Brent
RSPB Vision Redbridge Wadhurst Park
Derby County Council Consultant Ecologist Mouchel (infrastructure and business services)
ESL (Ecological Services) Ltd Plincke Landscape Architects ASW Ecology
Environmental Officer at Lindsey Marsh Drainage Board Imperial College Mudchute Park and Farm
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust The Ecology Consultancy London Borough of Lewisham
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Bromley Barking and Dagenham
Bracknell Forest County Council Southwark Kensington and Chelsea
Oxfordshire County Council City of London Corporation Cambridge City Council
BSG Ecology Enfield Lambeth
Forest Heath & St Edmundsbury Councils Environment Trust for Richmond Forest Heath & St Edmundsbury Councils

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.

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:


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

View our current training course dates and book places here.

This is a rolling programme of dates and locations. Bespoke courses can also be arranged.

Contact for any further enquiries.

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