Check for hedgehogs prior to building works and provide hedgehog highways in new builds

Check for hedgehogs prior to building works and provide hedgehog highways in new builds

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Wendy Singleton started this petition to Minister of State

As new homes are built on green belt land the British hedgehog is being forced from their natural habitats. As the bulldozers come in any residing hedgehogs are killed because they cannot get out of the way quick enough. After the homes and access roads have been built any hedgehogs left on remaining green belt  land are trapped unless they cross the roads on the hunt for food, often resulting in death or injury. 
These issues can be improved to a certain extent by :

A -Check and removal of any hedgehogs living prior to commencing clearing and building works

B -Providing all new homes with Hedgehog Highways so they have the same habitats to access prior to building. 

C -Provide natural screening by using native British hedging in communal areas and walkways of new build sites. 

D -Hedgehog crossing signs on the newly built roads to make drivers aware.

Im currently a foster carer for a local hedgehog rescue and it’s heartbreaking the amount of hedgehogs that have sustained injury from being hit by cars or malnourished from loosing their natural homes. Locally we have had housing built on natural moss land which has left hedgehogs marooned in a square surrounded by roads and inevitably there’s always roadkill on the verges or those lucky to survive end up in the rescue. 

In adopting these simple measures it could contribute to helping reverse the decline of the Great British Hedgehog and other native wildlife helping to preserve them for future generations to enjoy. 

Thank you for reading. 

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