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Hedgehog Citizen Science

The Irish Hedgehog Survey is a citizen science project led by researchers in National University of Ireland, Galway. The aim of the survey is to learn more about where hedgehogs live in Ireland and how they use our urban and rural habitats.

 The public are asked to take part in in the project in one of three ways - by recording hedgehogs wherever you see them, by surveying your gardens for hedgehogs or by undertaking a larger survey in your local area. No special skills or knowledge are required to take part. The information provided will help enormously in monitoring hedgehog abundance and distribution in Ireland.

Please click on the links below to learn more about the ways you can help us survey hedgehogs.

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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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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.

You can help us learn more about how hedgehogs use gardens. You can survey for hedgehogs in your home or school garden to see if they visit and how often.

If you already know you have hedgehogs regularly visiting your garden, you can  just fill out the online questionnaire. 

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.

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