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Hedgehogs are threatened by development

Hedgehogs and development

Hedgehogs are disappearing at an alarming rate. The recent State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report revealed that since the millennium, the population of the nation’s favourite mammal has fallen by a third in our towns and cities. The two wildlife charities behind this report, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, launched the Hedgehog Street campaign to inspire the British public to help us protect our hedgehogs.

Why are they in decline?

Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night through parks and gardens in their quest to find enough food, nest sites and mates. With new developments popping up all over the country, we are increasingly fragmenting the landscape, whether it be by installing fences and walls, or building new roads. This makes it very difficult for hedgehogs to get from one green space to the next. And, this is why ‘Hedgehog Highways’ are a great solution. By cutting a small 13cm x 13cm hole in the garden fences of new homes, you will instantly improve connectivity throughout the development and help protect this endangered species.

New free guide available!

With the help of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Hedgehog Street has now published a free guide for developers and house-builders, providing lots of tips on how to help hedgehogs, including how to make ‘Hedgehog Highways’. This free guide includes advice for helping hedgehogs on your site before, during and after the build – all with the purpose of helping to protect local hedgehog populations.

We need your help to make new developments hedgehog-friendly.

To request a copy of our free advice guide for developers and house-builders, please contact Hedgehog Street at hedgehogs@ptes.org and find out how you can help hedgehogs on your site. Together, we can bring these animals back from the brink.

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