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Press release: The Day of the Hedgehog- media alert and event listing

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The Day of the Hedgehog
21 November 2015, 9.00-16.30
The International Centre, Telford

WHAT IS IT?
This first UK summit on hedgehogs in a decade promises to be a fascinating exploration of the issues facing Britain’s favourite wild animal in the 21st century.

The Day of the Hedgehog is organised by wildlife charities British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species as part of their joint Hedgehog Street initiative. Join them in celebrating the hedgehog – and fighting for its survival.

WHY?
Despite being voted as Britain’s National Species in a 2013 BBC Wildlife Magazine poll, our native hedgehog is declining as fast as tigers in the wild.

From the latest data on hedgehog populations and the launch of a 10-year conservation strategy for the species, to emerging insights into why hedgehogs are in trouble and local community action that can help them, the day’s programme is jam-packed with talks examining the reasons for the dramatic drop in hedgehog numbers and what can be done to save the species.

WHO’S GOING?
You don’t have to be an expert to make a difference to hedgehog conservation and any interested members of the public are invited to attend this event.

Come along to hear from some of the country’s top specialists in hedgehog ecology and conservation, with confirmed speakers including:
• Dr Phil Baker, Lecturer, University of Reading
• Dr Simone Bullion, Senior Conservation Adviser, Suffolk Wildlife Trust
• Henry Johnson, Hedgehog Officer, Hedgehog Street
• Dr Pat Morris, President of BHPS and former Head of Zoology, Royal Holloway University and pre-eminent hedgehog expert
• Carly Pettett, researcher, WildCRU, University of Oxford
• Dr Nigel Reeve, former Head of Ecology, Royal Parks
• Simon Thompson, Hedgehog Officer, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
• Becky Walton, one of more than 34,000 volunteer Hedgehog Street Champions
• Hugh Warwick, hedgehog-loving ecologist and author
• Ben Williams, hedgehog researcher, University of Reading
• Dr Richard Yarnell, Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW
– Henry Johnson, Hedgehog Officer, Hedgehog Street
– Jill Nelson, CEO, People’s Trust for Endangered Species
– Fay Vass, CEO, British Hedgehog Preservation Society
– Hugh Warwick, Day of the Hedgehog Facilitator, British Hedgehog Preservation Society
– Speakers, by arrangement

BOOKINGS
Press passes are available upon request

Members of the public can book tickets via
www.hedgehogstreet.org/hogcon15

Tickets cost £35 which includes a sandwich lunch, refreshments and goody bag.

FIND OUT MORE
Follow #HogCon15 @PTES @hedgehogsociety or visit www.hedgehogstreet.org/hogcon15

MEDIA CONTACTS
Jane Bevan or Susannah Penn at Firebird PR on 01235 835297 / 07977 459547 or via email to sp@firebirdpr.co.uk
Additional hedgehog events for advance planning:

– Hedgehog Street garden at WI Centennial Fair, Harrogate International Centre, North Yorkshire, 3-6 September
– Hedgehog Street garden at RHS Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire from 24 October
– Wild About Gardens Week with RHS and Wildlife Trusts, nationwide, 24 October to 1 November

– ENDS –
NOTES TO EDITORS
• Wildlife charities PTES and BHPS launched Hedgehog Street in June 2011 to encourage hedgehog conservation action at a local community or neighbourhood level. Over 34,000 volunteer “Hedgehog Champions” up and down the country have registered to help to date and the campaign is ongoing, but we still need your help to make a difference. www.hedgehogstreet.org

• An independent study (The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs) commissioned by PTES and BHPS from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) in September 2010 established clear scientific evidence of the decline in hedgehog populations across the UK. In 2013, PTES also published a long-term trend analysis based on their Living with Mammals and Mammals on Roads surveys which showed that hedgehog populations have plummeted by over a third in the last ten years.

• The reasons for the decline in UK hedgehog numbers are complex, but are thought to be associated with the loss of hedgerows and permanent grasslands; the intensification of agriculture and larger field sizes; and the use of pesticides which reduce the amount of prey available. Urban and suburban areas are becoming increasingly important for hedgehogs, but the move towards tidy, sterile gardens isolated from one another by impermeable boundaries has also contributed to their demise.

• A range of academic research projects, funded by PTES and BHPS, also aim to further scientific understanding about the causes for the decline in hedgehog numbers and most importantly what can be done to reverse this threat to this iconic species.

• The charities’ Hedgehog Street garden at the 2014 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show won Gold and People’s Choice in the summer garden category.

• The hedgehog was voted as Britain’s National Species in a 2013 BBC Wildlife poll.

About PTES – www.ptes.org
PTES is a UK conservation charity created in 1977 to ensure a future for endangered species throughout the world. Working to protect some of our most threatened wildlife species and habitats, it provides practical conservation support through research, grant-aid and educational programmes, including wildlife surveys, publications and public events.

About BHPS – www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk
BHPS is a UK charity founded in 1982 dedicated to helping & protecting hedgehogs native to the UK. They run a helpline offering advice on caring for & encouraging hedgehogs in the wild and in gardens. They aim to educate the public on how best to help hedgehogs and fund research into the behavioural habits of hedgehogs to ascertain the best methods of assisting their survival.

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