Welcome to the Guernsey hedgehog project! Here you will find all the information you need to sign up to take part in this exciting project and to send in your observations.
What is the Guernsey Hedgehog Project?
The Guernsey Hedgehog Project aims to engage Guernsey people with wildlife by taking part in a study to learn more about Guernsey’s hedgehog population. We recruited over 200 volunteers to do two evenings of “hedgehog watching” in their gardens and tell us what they saw. We are using these observations to find out how many hedgehogs live in Guernsey and to make a map of their distribution.
Finding out these things about our hedgehog population is important because we know that hedgehog numbers are declining in the UK but it is unclear whether the same is happening in Guernsey. Finding out how many hedgehogs there are at the moment gives us a starting point to find out whether there are more or less in the Bailiwick in the future and if we need to take extra steps to conserve them.
Can I still sign up?
Unfortunately we are no longer accepting new sign ups. We are so grateful for all the volunteers who have been involved and pleased with the continued interest. If you missed out, feeding hedgehogs in your garden can still be a rewarding activity so why not give it a go for fun!
How can I find out the results of the study?
We will post the results of this study on this website and will send out an email to all of our volunteers letting them know what we found out. We also hope to write a paper to submit for publication in a scientific journal and perhaps apply to present our findings at a British mammal conference.
Who is sponsoring this study?
We are super excited to have Highland Titles as a sponsor for The Guernsey Hedgehog Project! Their funding has allowed us to pay for our fabulous website, our funky logo and to run an exciting art competition on our Facebook page. Check out their website (including details on their Scottish hedgehog sanctuary) at www.highlandtitles.com
Thanks so much Highland Titles!
I've heard about your art competition - how do I enter?
If you would like to enter our hedgehog themed art contest, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gsyhogs, where you will also find the rules for entry. Unfortunately we cannot accept entries via email or through our other social media platforms.
Is this study ethical?
This study has been assessed and approved by the University of Bristol’s animal ethics (ref: UB/20/39) and human ethics (ref: 103382) boards. It has also been risk assessed and approved by the university’s health and safety team. If you have any ethical or health and safety concerns, please get in touch.
I'm worried about a hedgehog - what should I do?
If you are worried about a hedgehog you have found, please contact the GSPCA on 257261 for help and advice. This includes if a nest is disturbed, a hedgehog is out in the day, looks skinny, has lots of parasites or is otherwise unwell.
Get in touch!
Use this form or email us at if you have any questions or would like some more information.
Please contact the GSPCA on 257261 if you have any welfare concerns.