A wide range of experiments conducted across the continent have proved that the best way to detect hedgehogs is by means of chance encounters with land surveyors, since no specific method has yielded any results.
Therefore, the best way of knowing how populations evolve is to constantly collect encounters and analyse whether the range maps change with time. This is the only way of detecting falling populations or shrinking ranges. This information is absolutely necessary for conservation purposes.
The data we have collected so far have given us a first glimpse of the hedgehogs' ranges. Click here to view the maps. .
Participate in the project
You need to register as a participant in order to take part in the project. First, we will assess your hedgehog identification skills by asking you to take a short test. That is why you are advised to read the identification guide prior to completing the registration process.
You will be able to pinpoint your encounters geographically thanks to our interactive map. The application lets you send us pictures, which are very often essential to confirm your identifications, knowing that naturalists in our region have little experience when it comes to identifying these animals.