Would you like to get involved in a NEW and EXCITING Citizen Science project all about our LOCAL garden wildlife?
We’re looking for volunteers to participate in Chester Zoo’s Hedgehog Watch!
Hedgehog Watch Volunteers will use motion-activated cameras supplied by Chester Zoo to find out what wildlife is living on their doorstep.
Hedgehogs are one of the UK’s most-loved species, but populations are declining at a rapid rate. They face a number of threats including changes in the way we manage built-up areas, increased traffic on our roads and intensive farming practices. Gardens, parks and other green spaces can provide great habitats for hedgehogs. This means we all have the opportunity to offer hedgehogs a helping hand.
What do we want to do?
We’re looking for members of our community here in Chester who want to Act for Wildlife by surveying their back garden using motion-activated cameras. This information will help us to learn more about the exact habitat features needed for hedgehogs to thrive. Armed with this information, we hope to inspire communities to improve their green spaces for hedgehogs and other threatened species. Together we can all help to protect hedgehogs and other UK wildlife.
Who can take part?
We’d love you to join our team of Citizen Scientists if you:
- Have a back garden or access to a private green space (e.g. school grounds, community garden) that is located inside the area shown on the map below
- Are happy to complete an online training session about how to use a motion-activated camera
- Agree to register as a Chester Zoo volunteer via the online system ‘Better Impact’ and log the time that you spend engaging with the project
- Can commit to installing a camera in your garden for three weeks between March and October 2021
Is your garden or green space inside the blue square?
Then you’re eligible to take part in Hedgehog Watch!
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If you’d like to get involved in this exciting project to help hedgehogs, please register your interest by clicking the button below and we will get back to you with more information. It will only take a couple of minutes – all we need at this stage is your name, email and address.