Petition update

Petition success story!

Hugh Warwick
Oxford, ENG, United Kingdom

Jan 13, 2020 — 

At last - a real moment of success for the petition. We have made one of the largest house builders in the country leap into the world of hedgehog goodness.

It is hard to ignore 622,000 people with hedgehogs on their mind - at least that is what Bovis Homes have discovered. The lobbying work done by you all - and in particular those individuals who have made direct contacts with developers - has born great fruit. Here is what Bovis had to say:

"In an industry-first initiative, Bovis Homes, part of the newly-formed Vistry Group, will install hedgehog highways to its existing developments and all future sites wherever possible, as part of a campaign that will also help other small mammals, birds, frogs and insects."

We at the BHPS have been talking to Bovis for a while now - they even made a film to support their new campaign.

I hope that they live up to their promises ... this is where your continued support will be so vital. Good words are easy to say - good deeds are another thing and it will be important that the eyes of hedgehog lovers are keen as they check that promises are met.

The Times has picked up on the story today - here is what they wrote (strangely missing out any reference to you lot!!!)

It is fascinating - I started this petition aiming it at government to try and get them to change legislation to help hedgehogs - and they sort of did a little ... more on that in the months to come - but it has been the developers themselves that have been most active. Are they leaping before they are pushed? I don't know. But I would be surprised if more don't follow soon.

So this is not the end of our work - it is just the end of the beginning! Now that one developer has made the leap there is no good reason for other developers to not follow. So please - do not stop. Use this news to contact everyone you know in the developer world ... use it to chase your MPs and local councils - use it to make sure we create a better world for our wonderful hedgehogs.

And thank you - all of you - there is no way this would have happened if you had not signed up ... why not treat yourself to a book in recognition of all you have helped achieve! 

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