The most accurate way to tell if hedgehogs visit your Naturespace is by completing a footprint survey or by using a trail camera. During these surveys you will investigate whether hedgehogs live in or visit your Naturespace. The best time to survey is from April until the end of October, when hedgehogs are most likely to be active. You can take our quiz to test your skills at identifying hedgehog footprints. Additionally, if you have a hedgehog house, you can also take a short survey to see if a hedgehog has taken up residence.
If you are planning on adding wildlife passageways to your Naturespace, it would be great if you could do a footprint survey before and after to see if adding a passageway has encouraged hedgehogs to visit! Make sure you record this wildlife action.
If you didn't find any evidence of hedgehogs, it is still useful for us to know the result, so we can build up a clearer picture of where hedgehogs do and don’t live. If you would like to find out how to do more for hedgehogs in your Naturespace check out the hedgehog species page.