Hedgehog Highway Petition

Hedgehog Highway Petition
– faster than Sonic!

A petition on change.org calling on Housing and Planning Minister Kit Malthouse to make the integration of hedgehog highways compulsory in all new build housing developments has taken everyone by surprise. In just two weeks over 300,000 people have signed!

Why has this taken the public by storm? The hedgehog is the nation’s favourite animal – every poll tells the same story. Yet the hedgehog is suffering from a dramatic population decline. The latest State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report from the Hedgehog Street Campaign shows how in just the last 18 years urban hedgehog numbers are down by 30% and rural hedgehogs down by 50%.

Hugh Warwick, Ecologist, Author and Communications Officer for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) started the petition “We know that hedgehog numbers are declining,” he said, “and we know that one of the biggest problems they face is the way we chop our land up into smaller pieces. This often happens when new fences are put in place – and as we are facing a house building boom there are going to be hundreds of thousands of new barriers to hedgehog movement.”

Photo Credit – Zoe Broughton

Perhaps surprisingly, new housing can help hedgehogs, if it is done with wildlife in mind. The petition is calling on Kit Malthouse to do just that – make sure all new fences have hedgehog holes built into them. Just a 13cm square, these holes help hedgehogs move the considerable distances we know they can travel each night – over a mile is not uncommon.

Hugh continues “Couple this with wildlife sensitive planting, ponds, and bat and swift bricks, new housing estates can offer homes for hedgehogs and other wildlife as well as for people.”

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of BHPS adds “This petition is aimed at making new build sites better for hedgehogs, but improvements can also easily be made in existing homes too!  Hedgehog Street is a project we run with People’s Trust for Endangered Species and its website offers a wealth of information and advice for homeowners wanting to help our prickly friends, you can even sign up to be a Hedgehog Champion!”

Our Award Winning Hedgehog Close Film

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) is delighted to have scooped prestigious accolades at the Charity Film Awards held in London on 11th May.  Their Hedgehog Close film held off fierce competition to be placed silver in their category and honoured with the overall People’s Choice Award. 

 

Hedgehog Close was created to spread the word about how to help hedgehogs and make people aware of their plight. Voiced by Gordon Buchanan and created by Zest Productions, the ‘Aardman-esque’ film has been widely shared on social media and viewed by well over a million people to date.

 

Fay Vass, Chief Executive of BHPS said “We were so pleased to have won a silver award, you could have knocked us down with a feather when our little charity was called up to the stage to collect the major People’s Choice Award!  There were so many wonderful Charities and causes represented on the evening, many far larger organisations than us, so we were especially grateful to have received the most votes from our fantastic supporters.”

 

Simon Burton, Co-Founder of the Awards praised BHPS saying “The Charity Film Awards is all about films that change behaviour. Hedgehog Close does an incredible job of motivating that change. I don’t know a single person who’s seen the film who hasn’t told me that they’ve cut a hole in their fence to make a hedgehog highway. A brilliant film.”

 

Film Director, Tom Hooker added “When we first began moulding plasticine hedgehogs and building cardboard houses we never imagined the film would be so widely seen and successful. It was fantastic to be recognised amongst so many other brilliant charities.”

 

Fay says the awards were even more special being collected at the end of a very busy Hedgehog Awareness Week organised by the Charity each year.  “Being presented with the awards, by our lovely Patron David Domoney, was the icing on the #hedgehogweek cake!”

 

The Charity hope this will boost the popularity of the film even more resulting in more people finding out all about our humble hedgehog.  Hedgehog Close can be viewed below.

 

Hedgehog Awareness Week runs from 6th – 12th May 2018.

Please pledge to do at least one extra thing to raise awareness of the hedgehogs’ plight during Hedgehog Awareness Week.

You might contact your local council or Tool Hire Company and ask them to use our free Strimmer stickers on their machines
(see https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-heroes-roll-honour/)

You might organise an event such as a coffee morning, cake sale, jumble sale, sponsored event or fun day.

You could text HHOG18 £5 to 70070 to donate £5 to BHPS. (You can change amount to £1, £2, £3, £4, or £10 donate those amounts). You can also find our JustGiving Appeal page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/bhps/haw18… and if you are holding and event or doing a sponsored something you can link in with us there.

You could display information in your local library, school or garden centre, etc.

You could contact your local newspaper or radio station asking them to help hedgehogs by printing a letter from BHPS (we can provide a letter to the editor on request) or organising an interview with us during this week.

You could post leaflets in your area letting people know how to help hedgehogs in their gardens.

We can provide leaflets and posters, just email us – info@britishhedgehogs.org.uk or download from our website www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk

If you are organising an event or display, please let us know so that we can keep a list of events all across the country.

Please do at least one thing during this week to help hedgehogs 😃

To download a copy of the HAW 2018 poster please click here

Thank you.

The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018

Today our Hedgehog Street project launched the State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018 report. Hedgehog Street is a partnership between the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species.