Hedgehog friendly campus

The Hedgehog Friendly Campus scheme has been running at the University since 2019. The project has provided a platform for staff and students to drive all sorts of biodiversity benefits.

The Hedgehog Friendly Campus project has worked as a catalyst to allow staff and students from varied backgrounds and disciplines to work in partnerships across the estate to undertake a range of projects and initiatives. Going forward the Estates Landscape team will continue to work with partners to enhance greenspace and biodiversity of the estate for all users.

Jonathan LongLandscape Services Manager
Hedgehog Friendly Campus Gold Award 2021/22

Hedgehog friendly campus student society

This is a group of student volunteers passionate about hedgehog conservation and making a positive change to our campuses.

The society organises and participates in on-campus hedgehog surveys, litter picks and biodiversity surveys, and is excited to be collaborating with other Scottish universities on raising awareness about hedgehogs in the UK.

No matter your background or degree programme, you're welcome to join their activities, that not only benefit hedgehogs but also promote human wellbeing and connection with nature.

Join the Hedgehog Friendly Campus student society

Gold accreditation

In January 2022, the University of Edinburgh was awarded gold accreditation as a Hedgehog Friendly Campus.

Staff and student volunteers have taken action to survey hedgehogs, improve green spaces and communicate issues to make the University's campus a safe and welcoming place for hedgehogs.

Volunteers have surveyed Pollock Halls, Easter Bush, CRM at BioQuarter, Peffermill Playing Fields finding hedgehog prints at each site. Kings Buildings and Firbush were also surveyed, and we hope to find prints this year.

Gold award for Hedgehog Friendly Campus

Platinum projects

Read about what we're focusing on now for our next Hedgehog Friendly Campus submission. This year (2022), our species' focus is on flying creatures.


Read case studies and blog posts tagged as 'hedgehog'

Listen to the Ecological Hedgehog Medicine Webinar

Watch a webinar exploring the tensions and contradictions of herbicide use