Volunteer With Us: Hedgehog Survey Co-ordinator

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Hedgehog © Graham Makepeace-WarneHedgehog © Graham Makepeace-Warne

We are looking for a volunteer to help us find out about the hedgehog population on the Isle of Man. The UK has seen a worrying decline in the species and a recent ‘State of Britain’s Hedgehogs’ report (2018) estimated that between 2002 and 2017 rural hedgehog populations have fallen by a third. In the same time period, urban hedgehogs numbers fell initially but there are indications that this maybe levelling out or even rising slightly.

Some data has already been gathered through a citizen science programme that started in 2018, but we need further surveys in order to find out more about the Island’s hedgehogs. The work of the Hedgehog Survey Co-ordinator will enable us to build a better picture of where hedgehogs are and how the population is doing. Training for this role will be provided.

The role will involve:

  • Recruiting individuals / groups to assist in monitoring hedgehogs using hedgehog tunnels
  • Training participants in hedgehog footprint identification
  • Encouraging people to report sightings of live or dead hedgehogs
  • Collating data and preparing a report
  • Writing newsletters for participants
  • Writing press releases
  • Securing funding for hedgehog tunnels

We are ideally looking for someone who can commit to a regular day or two each week. If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact Sarah by email at sarah@manxwt.org.uk, or call 844432.

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