Friday, 7 February 2020

Hedgehog Citizen Science Project


RECORDS’s next Wildlife Exchange Session at Chester Zoo is hedgehog themed.

Hedgehog

We'd like to invite you to our February Wildlife Exchange Session. Find out about an exciting new citizen science project all about hedgehogs that you could be involved with.

Wednesday 26 February
7 – 9 pm

Mottershead Suite, Cedar House, Chester Zoo

Book your FREE place via Eventbrite:

When was the last time you saw a wild hedgehog?

These much-loved animals have often been voted the nation’s favourite native species. But in recent years their populations here have declined dramatically, with rural hedgehog numbers plummeting by around 50% since the start of the century.

The species faces many threats including agricultural intensification, urban development and roads. However gardens, parks and other green spaces can provide perfect hedgehog habitat.

Chester Zoo scientists are launching an innovative new project that will see local people using camera traps to survey their garden visitors (including any spikey ones!). The aim is to find out which garden features are important to hedgehogs, understanding the habitat conditions needed for them to thrive. This knowledge will ultimately help to encourage and protect these charismatic animals and inspire communities to improve gardens and greenspaces for biodiversity.

Come along to find out all the details and learn how you could be involved with this exciting new project.

These evenings provide a brilliant opportunity to learn a bit more about UK native species from local experts. If you’re interested in meeting like-minded people in a relaxed environment, there’s also the chance to chat with conservationists, wildlife recorders and others to share experience, knowledge and ideas on Cheshire’s natural history and how we can all play a part in monitoring and protecting it.

What’s more…. There will also be tea, coffee and biscuits!

The event is hosted by hosted by RECORD and Chester Zoo.
Please note photos may be taken at this event for use in RECORD publications.

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