Yes! Thanks to funding of £472 from Devon Mammal Group, The Big Teignbridge Hedgehog Survey is about to go live! We need households across the area to take on a week’s survey. This will involve placing a tunnel in a fairly secure (from human tampering) space and load with cat/dog food each evening and check and replace the track paper.
The first step is to complete a short registration form with your contact details and your water hedgehog monitoring experience, including letting us know whether you would like to attend a training day prior to your survey.
Once you have registered and received your confirmation of reservation of your survey square, no one else will be able to reserve that square.
The second part of the survey will be to place your tunnel, visit your site daily and complete the record forms, and then submit your records either by email or post.
How does it work?
Hedgehogs leave very distinct footprints and these can be used to determine whether they are present at a site.
Footprint tunnels are simple, plastic triangular tunnels with a removable insert to which A4 paper is attached and ink painted on either side of a dish of bait (see below).
As a hedgehog moves through the tunnel, it leaves footprints on the paper which can easily be identified.
We will arrange for surveys to be concentrated in one area at any one time to assess presence or absence from that area.
What do I need to get involved?
Tunnels will be provided and collected from a local collection point, with tracking materials, survey forms and guidance (but you will need to provide cat/dog food – this will be around 3 pouches for the duration of the week).
Is it safe?
This type of survey does not disturb the hedgehog’s routine as tunnels can be set, checked and refilled at any time of the day, so it won’t disturb your night time routine, either and you don’t have to rummage around in the dark!
Once the tunnels are positioned, it shouldn’t take more than half an hour to check and refill them… this gets quicker over the week as you get used to it.
With your help, we are trying to find out:
- The presence / absence of hedgehogs in Teignbridge, using footprint-tunnels.
- The importance of different factors such as habitat features, land management practices and badgers, on where hedgehogs are found in the towns and villages across Teignbridge.
- Baseline data to enable us to measure the impact of future action taken for hedgehogs.
This is our survey map as at 10th May 2019 (click for larger map). Can you help to fill the gaps? If so, please sign up!
Want to get involved?
*Your details will be used to keep you informed of survey details and the work of the organisation.
View and download the paperwork, here.