‘Highways’ for hedgehogs could save thousands of endangered animals

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‘Highways’ for hedgehogs could save thousands of endangered animals

‘Highways’ for hedgehogs could save thousands of endangered animals
2021-10-25 08:14:00
A woman from Market Weighton started a 'hedgehog highway' project to save the animals after realising her children had never seen one. Linda Cook, 39, said she was used to seeing hedgehogs all the time as a kid, however as an adult, she realised she did not because of the animal's steady decline to endangerment. So she decided to take matters into her own hands and after four years of raising awareness towards the endangerment of hedgehogs, Linda launched the Hedgehog Highways project. “One of the reasons hedgehog populations are falling all over the country is because they don't have access to people's gardens. A lot of the new buildings are built like fortresses and they can't get in and forage for food. “So I decided to start the Hedgehog Highways project to get more people to install them in their fences so they can get around. Hedgehog Highway project founder, Linda Cook (Image: HedgehogRUs) The 'highways' are 5-inch gaps in a wall or fence with a hedgehog on the frame that allow the small creatures to run through so they can forage for food, meet mates to breed and access nesting sites. Linda says apart from serving its functional purpose, the Hedgehog Highways also create a talking point that would encourage others to get their own and join the project, as well as raise awareness for the struggle for survival hedgehogs currently face. She adds that the project's priority now is to encourage councils, community groups and businesses to get boxes of hedgehogs highways and become a part of the project so they are more widely available to people all over the country. “If everyone asked their councils or local businesses to get involved, it would create a lot of awareness around the topic,” she said. (Image: HedgehogRUs) “People would see them and say 'oh what are they for'. Especially for older people who are not online as much, they could go into a council officer and see what it's all about.” Anyone interested in being a part of the project can get in touch with Hedgehogs rescue through email on [email protected], more information can also be found on their website. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Video LoadingVideo

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