Coleg Cambria students tackling 'alarming' decline in hedgehogs in north Wales

A group of students at Coleg Cambria are working with a North Wales wildlife charity to try and save hedgehogs after an "alarming" decline in the region.

The Animal Care team at the college's Llysfasi site have teamed up with Hedgehog Help Prestatyn (HHP) to open a centre that provides shelter and food for the hedgehogs, before releasing them back into the wild.

Around 20 hedgehogs have been cared for since the project began in August. The centre will be open all-year round.

Statistics show the creatures are disappearing more rapidly in rural areas. Credit: Hedgehog Help Prestatyn/Coleg Cambria

Hedgehog numbers have fallen by around 50 per cent in the last 20 years, according to the charity.

The statistics suggest the creatures are disappearing more rapidly in the countryside, as hedgerows and field margins are lost to intensive farming.

The charity said it is rewarding for students to help restore the population of hedgehogs. Credit: Hedgehog Help Prestatyn/Coleg Cambria

The students monitor the hedgehogs by weighing and assessing their behaviour before releasing them.

It's rewarding for the learners and Coleg Cambria Llysfasi to play a small part in trying to rehabilitate and help increase their chances of survival, as numbers continue to dwindle, especially at this time of year when temperatures begin to drop.

Kath Roberts, Instructor, Coleg Cambria

The charity said it could not have managed without the support from the college.

We work closely together, with daily weight reports and microscopy, to monitor the health of the hedgehogs.

Tracy Pierce, founder of HHP