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People in Norfolk are being urged to help save the hedgehog, by reporting any sightings of the spiky species.
The once common sight of hedgehogs in gardens could become a thing of the past, with the animal having suffered a dramatic decline in the UK recent years.
In response, The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership has launched the Norfolk Hedgehog Biodiversity Action Plan and is urging people to make their gardens more appealing to hedgehogs and to keep an eye out for them in the wild.
The arrival of spring and the Easter school holidays is a time when many people are venturing into the garden for the first serious gardening of the year and it is a very important time to think about hedgehogs.
Mammal monitoring by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) indicates that around a third of hedgehogs have been lost since the millennium.
The action plan is coordinated by the Norfolk County Council ecologist Ed Stocker, and sets out what action can be taken at a county scale to help conserve this species.
A main aim is to try to estimate the population of hedgehogs in Norfolk and gain a better understanding of their distribution.
People are asked to report any sightings of hedgehogs to the Norfolk Biodiversity Information Service website using the online recording tool.
Mr Stocker said: “Sending us your sightings of hedgehogs is essential to develop a better understanding of where the hedgehogs are around the county.
“This will help conservation groups, councils and local people target the work required to help the populations recover”.
To report any sightings of hedgehogs, visit http://www.nbis.org.uk/hedgehogSurvey