What is MK Hogwatch?
The Parks Trust’s biodiversity team need your help with our own local citizen science project concerning the UK’s favourite spiny mammal, the hedgehog. The MKHogwatch (MKHW) project involves recording hedgehog numbers using footprint survey tunnels.
Hedgehogs have lost much of their natural habitat and food sources, and you are now more likely to see a hedgehog in an urban setting rather than in the countryside. Fewer than a million in Britain today. To put that in to some context the numbers of hedgehogs were around 30 million in the 1950’s. By finding out more about where hedgehogs are and aren't doing well in MK, we can help work to raise awareness and promote habitat creation and protection so local populations flourish.
Why get involved?
- This is a great citizen science project for all age groups and provides outdoor practical field experience to support classroom learning. The project can be linked to several curriculum subjects including food chains, animal classifications and general scientific methodology and data recording. It’s also a fun project for everyone!
- All participating schools will also receive a personalised MKHogwatch thank you certificate from the Parks Trust
- Even though MKHW is a local biodiversity initiative, your records will be shared with Bucks Environmental Records Centre and this scientific research will make a difference. County organisations contribute to important biodiversity data for National reports such as the recent 2022 State of Hedgehogs report.
- We also offer a free hedgehog assembly to schools to find out more about hedgehogs and the project
- The project is only 5 consecutive days long so does not require a huge amount of time.
How do we get involved?
Please fill in the form below to register and take part and our Outdoor Learning team will be in touch with more information.