As the UK population of hedgehogs continues to decline, urban areas are becoming sites of safer refuge. The good news is that we can all play a vital role in bolstering their numbers.
Exact population data can be hard to determine because hedgehogs are nocturnal and notoriously tricky to survey. However, since 2018 FoBC has worked in collaboration with ZSL to survey Barnes Common & Putney Lower Common with the use of wildlife camera traps.
The 2019 survey was expanded to cover all of the green corridor between Richmond Park and Barnes Common. This included Palewell Common, Roehampton Club and Bank of England Club, as well as Barnes and Putney lower commons.
Barnes is fortunate to have its own resident hedgehog enthusiast, Michel Birkenwald, who can help provide further information as to how you can help your local population. Additional information can also be found at the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and Hedgehog Street.
Sightings on the Barnes Common and Leg o’Mutton local nature reserves and in Vine Road Park can also be reported to our conservation manager.