The hedgehog population is said to be declining by 3 per cent every year, and some people are claiming that smaller gardens are to blame.
The reaction follows a new report which states that homeowners are being encouraged to cut holes in their garden fences, in order to allow hedgehogs to pass through. A spokesperson from Grangewood Fencing Supplies provides a statement.
Homeowners are being encouraged to cut holes in their fences, so that hedgehogs can travel from one garden to another with ease. Hedgehog numbers are dwindling across the UK, but environmentalists believe that a CD sized hole in a garden fence would allow the hedgehogs to roam freely, helping them as they forage for food and meet mates for breeding.
The hedgehog population is said to be declining by 3 per cent every year, and some people are claiming that smaller gardens are to blame. “Because we are making our gardens so small now, it helps if we can make a small hole in our fences to create a ‘street’, for hedgehogs to travel from one garden to another,” said Sue Kidger, a volunteer with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Hedgehogs are estimated to travel around one mile every night, making their way through parks and gardens. However campaigners believe that solid walls and fences blocking their path end up preventing them from finding food. As a result the ‘Hedgehog Street’ initiative was created, which recommends creating a five inch square gap –big enough for hedgehogs but too small for a household pet to fit through – in garden fences.
Over 30,000 people have signed up to the initiative so far, with more predicted to join up soon. “We’ve got to remember we are haemorrhaging hedgehogs from the UK, so this is a really important thing to do,” claimed Henry Johnson of the Hedgehog Street initiative. “It’s a small gesture, there really aren’t any excuses.”
Grangewood Fencing Supplies, a leading provider of garden fencing products, takes a keen interest in reports such as this. A spokesperson provided this statement: “The number of hedgehogs in the UK is falling dramatically, so it’s important we take steps to ensure they don’t continue to die out.
“This initiative has become very popular and it could do a lot of good for the hedgehog. By cutting small holes in your fence panels you could be helping the hedgehog population as they search for food throughout the night.”
Established over 20 years ago, Grangewood Fencing Supplies Ltd has grown into the largest independent supplier of fencing products in the Midlands. The company stocks of a wide variety of fencing and garden products, available for collection or delivery throughout the area.
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