Did you know that hedgehogs are in decline in Britain and are now listed as “Vulnerable” on Britain’s red list of mammals? According to the latest State of Britain’s hedgehogs report, numbers of hedgehogs have fallen by up to 30% in urban areas and 50% in rural areas since the Millennium. This is partly due to habitat loss through development with hedgehogs struggling to find places to forage, breed/nest and hibernate.
With British gardens becoming poorer homes for wildlife the hedgehog friendly streets campaign aims to improve urban areas of hedgehogs through: –
- more gardens and green spaces linked with ‘Hedgehog Highways’ in fences
- more wild areas and log piles in gardens for insects and other wildlife
- more hedgehog houses and feeding stations in gardens
We want to increase the hedgehog population in Fair Oak by asking residents and developers to signup to the hedgehog friendly streets campaign and installing holes in fences to allow free movement for hedgehogs.
Interested in signing up?
Please pledge to install a hedgehog highway in your garden and the first 300 residents to pledge will receive a free plaque.
We’d also like to invite pledged residents to an information event on Wednesday 18 August at 11.30am at the Woodland Community Centre where Chrissy Russell, Founder of the Eastleigh Hedgehog Rescue will advise residents on hedgehog care.
We’d like to thank EBC for supporting us with this project.
Here are some really interesting facts and FAQ’s about hedgehogs from Eastleigh Hedgehog Rescue – For FAQ’s click here
Developers in Fair Oak – please pledge your support to protect our hedgehogs in Fair Oak by installing hedgehog fences (below) …we will share your pledge letter online.