Programme for the International Conference for Hedgehog Rehabilitators

The conference will take place from Saturday the 13th of January to Sunday the 14th of January 2024. This is a provisionary programme which may be subject to change:

Saturday the 13th of January 2024

08:30: Conference registration opens

Coffee, tea and snacks are served

9:45-10:00: Welcome to the International Conference for Hedgehog Rehabilitators 

Session: UK hedgehog conservation NGOs and their initiatives

10:00-10:30: Nigel Reeve: “The BHPS – what we do”

10:30-10:45: Grace Johnson: “Introducing the National Conservation Strategy for Hedgehogs in Britain”

10:45-11:00: Paulina Malgorzata Pawlikowska: ”Introducing the National Hedgehog Monitoring Programme”

11:00-11:30: Coffee break 

Session: The importance of data 

11:30-12:00: Kate Davies: “Legislation and policy as drivers of wildlife rehabilitation practice across Europe”

12-12:30: Anne Berger: “The importance of keeping hedgehog station protocols for hedgehog conservation and population monitoring”

12:30-13:00: Lucy Bearman-Brown: “An examination of temporal trends in hedgehog admissions to wildlife centres: lessons learnt and future recommendations”

13:00-13:45: Lunch

13:45-15:15 Workshop 1 (hedgehog database) and 2 (What research is needed and how to get updated and access the publications?)

15:15-15:30: Short break

Session: Pollutants in hedgehogs 

15:30-16:00: Katharina Seilern-Moy: “Garden Wildlife Health – update on recent hedgehog disease investigations”

16:00-16:15: Sophie Lund Rasmussen: “Pesticides and biocides in the Danish population of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus)”

16:15-16:45: Emily Thrift: “Assessing the presence of plastics within the European hedgehog’s diet – supplementary food and wild prey”

16:45-17:15: Coffee break

Session: Medical conditions and treatments of hedgehogs

17:15- 17:30: Yannick Van de Weyer: “Efficacy of levamisole, ivermectin and moxidectin against Capillaria spp. in European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus)”

17:30-17:45: Rikke Hansen: “Is Tessie an option for light sedation of hedgehogs by the caretakers? – And why does Sileo not seem to work?”

17:45-18:00: Dylan Yaffy: “Describing a syndrome? Investigating “pug-nosed”/”dwarf” hedgehogs””

And finally, an important and uplifting last talk of the day 

18:00-18:30: Hugh Warwick: “Why did the hedgehog cross the road?”

18:30-18:45: Rounding off and thank you for today! 

19:00: Conference dinner 

Sunday the 14th of January 2024

9:00: Good morning 

Session: Hedgehogs under the microscope

9:00-9:15: Rikke Hansen: “How to handle wounds and abscesses in hedgehogs”

9:15-9:45: Emily Harper: “Scratching the surface: A systematic review of hedgehog parasites”

09:45-10:15: Barbora Bolfikova: “Hedgehogs and genes on the islands”

10:15-10:45: Coffee break

10:45-12:15: Workshop 1 (hedgehog database) and 2 (What research is needed and how to get updated and access the publications?)

12:15-13:00: Lunch

Session: Applying research for hedgehog conservation

13-13:30: Brawin Kumar: “People’s Perceptions: Unveiling Threats and Conservation Strategies for the Endemic Madras Hedgehog (Paraechinus nudiventris) in Tamil Nadu, India”

13:30-14: Sophie Lund Rasmussen & Aage Kristian Olsen Alstrup: “Robotic lawn mowers and European hedgehogs- the process of designing a hedgehog safety test to create more hedgehog friendly robotic lawn mowers”

14:00-14:30: Coffee break 

Session: Hedgehog conservation and regulation

14:30-15:00: Abigail Gazzard: “Assessing the statuses of hedgehogs in Europe”

15:00-15:30: Vicky Grant & Thomas Churchyard: “Introducing the Uist Native Wildlife Project”

15:30: Rounding off the conference, thank you, and get home safely!