Join our Big Hog-Friendly Litter Pick Challenge between 20 September and 29 November


Help hedgehogs in our communities by taking part in this challenge - we have litter picking packs available - and help us continue to have hedgehog friendly campuses.

Litter pick challengeHelp hedgehogs (and other animals) from meeting potentially harmful plastics and litter. We are one of over 80 universities who have signed-up to the campaign to help support the survival of Hedgehogs. The university who collects the most will win a hedgehog home and food for their campus.

How to join in

No need to sign up, just start collecting!

You can collect litter anywhere in your local area, this doesn’t have to be on campus and you can get others involved, they don’t have to study/work at the university.

Please email your photos of the number of litter/bags you have filled.

You can also look out for the group litter picks that will also be happening this year.

Pick up a litter picking pack

We have about 20 litter pick packs to donate throughout this period. These are available on a first come first serve basis. If you would like a pack, please email

Each pack consists of:

  • A litter picker
  • Pair of gloves (Sizes Small, Medium & Large)
  • Hi-vis sleeveless jacket (Sizes Small, Medium & Large)

This activity will perform part of our work towards becoming a hedgehog friendly campus for more details and how to get involved with other activities check out the British Hedgehog Preservation Society Website

At the end you will receive...

An e-certificate, and students you will be able to receive passport points for the time spent.

Safety Tips

General advice for litter pickers:

Please avoid:

  • Sharp objects (eg broken glass)
  • Clinical waste (eg syringes)
  • Hazardous areas (eg fast running rivers)
  • Lone working if possible
  • Heavy lifting

Please ensure that you:

  • Wear gloves
  • Cover any cuts
  • Keep hands away from your eyes and mouth
  • Wash hands straight away after litter picking
  • Wear sturdy, appropriate footwear and waterproofs if needed
  • Recycle any plastic, glass and aluminium
  • Make sure someone is aware of you doing the litter pick if on your own (friend or family member etc.)
  • Make sure the land is not private – or seek the landowner’s permission if it is.
  • Adhere to social distancing and other relevant Government Covid procedures.  Check for the latest up to date information
  • If you find any dangerous, poisonous or hazardous materials, contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.

Please email with any questions you may have.

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