Coronavirus (COVID-19) &FAQs

Guidance and support

Hedgehogs are covered in thousands of spines, making them vulnerable to becoming trapped in litter. Unfortunately, many hedgehogs die every year because of this.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society are running a UK wide competition to see which University can collect the most litter in and around the local community.

The winning university will receive a free Hedgehog House and a bag of hedgehog food for their campus. All participants will be able to log volunteer hours, this will count as a community/sustainability initiative for the Clubs and Societies Active and Engaged gold award, and you’ll each receive your very own digital certificate from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society!

How? Put on some rubber gloves and a mask, and go out with a binbag to collect any wrappers and ‘safe waste’. 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! Just as long as you adhere to the Scottish Government’s COVID restrictions.

Then send a picture of the bin bags to by 5pm on 18th December to be added to Strathclyde's report to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society!


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 wearing a face covering and only literpicking with people you live with. Please check for the latest up to date information.

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

If you find any dangerous, poisonous or hazardous materials, contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.