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Ashley appeals to South Kesteven to save our hedgehogs

South Kesteven District Council is taking a national lead in a campaign to protect hedgehogs, helped by one of its councillors.

Ashley Baxter says he was listening to Graham Norton interview Pam Ayres on the radio and she mentioned their numbers had halved since 2000 to less than a million.

The Deepings councillor contacted SKDC’s communications team for action, who put out publicity on the need to leave out water for hedgehogs and for gaps to be left under fences so they can move freely.

Now, SKDC is putting stickers on its strimmers and mowers to remind users to checks for hedgehogs and prevent casualties before they cut the grass.

Mr Baxter said he was pleased SKDC has taken action and pledged further initiatives to protect hedgehogs, hares, foxes and other wildlife.

SKDC cabinet member for environment, Coun Dr Peter Moseley, agreed and urged homeowners to make similar checks. Information on hedgehog care and stickers can be obtained via britishhedgehogs.co.uk


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