Hedgehog Citizen Science

The Irish Hedgehog Survey is a citizen science project by researchers in National University of Ireland, Galway with the National Biodiversity Data Centre. The public are asked to take part in in the project in a number of ways - by recording hedgehogs wherever you see them, by surveying your gardens for hedgehogs or by taking part in a questionnaire about hedgehogs on the farm. No special skills or knowledge are required to take part. The information provided will help enormously in monitoring hedgehog abundance and distribution in Ireland.

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Have you seen a hedgehog? Please submit your records to our hedgehog recording scheme. You can record sightings of live or dead hedgehogs from anywhere in Ireland. This will provide valuable information on where hedgehogs are living in Ireland

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Farmer questionnaire

Are you interested to see if hedgehogs or other wildlife are living in your area? You can join our Volunteer Hedgehog Survey and find out. This survey will help us understand where hedgehogs are living in our cities, towns and the countryside.

Are you a farmer? This questionnaire for farmers takes just 5 minutes and will provide important information about hedgehogs in farmland. Please take part even if you think you don't have hedgehogs on your land.

Our Partners

We are very thankful for the support of our project partners who have facilitated this research. The following organisations have provided funding, administrative and technical support to the Irish Hedgehog Survey which is gratefully acknowledged.

© 2020 by Irish Hedgehog Survey. Photos by Pat Morris, Sarah Regan and Claire Crowley reproduced with permission . Photos by Calle Eklund/V-wolf, Michael Gäbler, Ernell used under creative commons licence CC BY-SA 3.0, and CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Photo 84913712 from Dreamstime.com used under creative commons zero licence CC0