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Hog-Friendly Lockdown litter pickers

This opportunity takes place from 02 Nov 2020.

As part of the Big Hog-Friendly Litter Pick Challenge, we are appealing for keen wildlife enthusiasts, Green and sustainability champions, and Hedgehog loving volunteers to join our litter pick challenge and awareness campaign. From 2nd November until 18th December 2020, we want to support and enter a UK-wide competition to find out which university can collect the most litter in and around the local community. The winning university receives a free Hedgehog House complete with a bag of hedgehog food for their campus! All participants (whether from the winning team or not) will also receive a digital certificate from us in recognition of their efforts.

Why should you take part?

Hedgehogs are covered in thousands of spines, making them vulnerable to becoming trapped in litter. Unfortunately, many hedgehogs die every year because of this. Taking part in the competition will clean up your community and save lots of animals

How will we judge the winner?

The university with the most litter bags collected at the end of the challenge wins. Photos of you bags need to be sent to our lead organiser: soc.wildlife@keele.ac.uk 

What is the deadline?

Your coordinator needs to upload photos of the collected bags of litter by 5pm on Friday the 18th of December.

Does the litter have to be collected on campus?

No. Litter can be collected at student residences or from the local community. You can litter pick on your street at home, at a local park, on a lunchtime walk - wherever!

Who can get involved in the competition?

Anyone! This competition is a chance for your university staff, students and even local community members to help hedgehogs and other wildlife. You could even get a local school, ‘Friends Of’ a local park group or Resident’s Association involved.

Please consider and communicate your university’s health and safety procedures if you decide to take part in the challenge. You may wish to speak to the Health and Safety team at the university before taking part. We have provided some generic advice for participants below, but your university is responsible for any risk assessments that may be needed.

General advice for litter pickers:

Please avoid:

· Sharp objects (e.g. broken glass)

· Clinical waste (e.g. syringes)

· Hazardous areas (e.g. 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

· Adhere to social distancing and other relevant Government Covid procedures, such as the Rule of 6. Please check Gov.uk 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.

What is the deadline? Please send the information requested above to info@hedgehogfriendlycampus.co.uk by 5PM on Friday the 18th of December.

Covid-19: You must adhere to social distancing and other relevant Government Covid procedures, such as the Rule of 6. Please check Gov.uk for the latest, up to date information in your area.

Benefits to self

Wellbeing Mental Health Sustainability Green Impact Recycling Hedgehog friendly

Benefits to others

Wellbeing Mental Health Sustainability Green Impact Recycling Hedgehog friendly



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  • What are your reasons for volunteering?Build my confidence, Do something positive with my spare time, Gain work experience/ improve my CV, Give something back to the community, Help others, Learn or try new things, Meet new people, Not sure, Use my skills