Hedgehogs are arguably the nation’s best loved animal but unfortunately and like many other species, their numbers are reducing at an alarming rate.
Worryingly, they seem to be doing just as badly in the wider countryside as they are in our towns and cities
Hedgehog numbers in the UK are estimated to have dropped by 95% since the 1950s.
There is a call to major housing developers to be more considerate about hedgehogs by factoring in ‘hedgehogs highways’ in their design plan. We are seeing a change but not enough is done and some people are even calling to make it law.
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These little creatures we call hedgehogs love gardens – this is a fact. But often these gardens are anything but hedgehogs friendly.
Hedgehogs need connected neighbourhoods of gardens, rich in insects and free from hazards.
In simple terms, hedgehogs are disappearing fast because of our landscapes being fenced off into ever smaller fragments.
We need to make sure new housing developments include ‘hedgehog highways’ – a 13 cm hole in the bottom of a fence that allows hedgehogs to move freely between gardens to find food and find a mate – would go a long way.
What else can we all do to save hedgehogs?
The crucial role of organisations such as People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)
PTES know that hedgehogs love gardens.
They also know what features they need to survive and thrive in suburbia.
This is why Hedgehog Street was born. Hedgehog Street is a joint campaign run by us and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS).
It’s concerned with people, gardens and wildlife. Hedgehogs need connected neighbourhoods of gardens, rich in insects and free from hazards.
It is also about empowering people with an understanding of hedgehogs and hopefully understand why they are declining, and how easy it is to help them.
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