Pupils in Portsmouth called to become hedgehog heroes by presenter Chris Packham

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PUPILS in Portsmouth are being asked to help save the nation’s hedgehogs – by writing a story.

Since 2003 the UK’s hedgehog population has fallen by 30 per cent to less than 1m – down from 36m in the 1950s.

Now, youngsters in the city are being called to use their imaginations to raise awareness of the beloved prickly mammal.

Children in Year 3 are being urged to write a short story about Harry the Hedgehog and his camping adventure. The tales will be judged by wildlife expert and presenter Chris Packham.

To get involved email hedgehog@bright-consultancy.co.uk, call 0121 456 5600, or click here.