Survey Tunnels - Hogwatch

Survey Tunnels

Hedgehog survey tunnelTo get more accurate results for the number of hedgehogs in our area, we have bought 10 survey tunnels. These have food in the centre, a strip of inky masking tape either side of it and white paper at the ends. If a hedgehog finds the tunnel, it will get inky feet while it eats, then leave footprints on the paper on its way out. There are footprint identification charts, so you can see whether a hedgehog or another creature has been in.

We are looking for volunteers to put a tunnel in their garden for 5 consecutive nights. We are also looking for landowners who could put several tunnels on their land at once, or who would allow volunteers to put them there.

You would need to check the paper, inky masking tape and food every day and replace if needed. All the materials will be provided.

Please fill in the booking form below. We are trying to group the tunnels, so you would have one at the same time as other people who live close to you. According to research done by the Mammal Society, if we put 10 tunnels within a 1km square for 5 days and there are hedgehogs in the area, we have a 95% chance of them visiting at least one of the tunnels.

First Name (required)

Last Name (required)

Email (required)

Address and Postcode (required - so we can give tunnels to people in the same area in the same week):
House number and street:

Do you have a larger garden or more land? In most gardens, we would find out if there were hedgehogs with just one tunnel, but if you have more land please let us know about it and we could provide more.

Could you help us to do a larger tunnel survey? We would provide training and can pay your travel expenses to the site each day for 5 days to check the tunnels and replenish the food. We would be very grateful if people could help with this, as these provide very valuable data in the countryside where there are very few sightings.

Are there any weeks you know you can't do between May and September (e.g. you are on holiday)? We will contact you to arrange a date that is convenient for you once we have a number of bookings in your area, but this helps us to plan.

How can we get you the tunnel? Changeover day will probably be Saturday.
I can collect from PenistoneI can collect from a central point/house in my town/villageI am happy for it to be dropped at my house

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Finding out where hedgehogs are and how many there are is a valuable first step to being able to help them. We appreciate any help you can give us with this.


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