Hedgehog heroes in Hassocks

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In a bid to encourage people to look out for one of Britain’s favourite garden creatures, the humble hedgehog, a new initiative has been created by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

A decline in hedgehog numbers has been seen in recent years and the animals continue to face pressures in the rural landscape and from urban development, according to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

The ‘hedgehog hero’ initiative hopes to encourage people to improve garden habitats and look out for hedgehogs; including checking areas of the garden before using any equipment such as strimmers and mowers.

Ann Winney from the local hedgehog rescue at Hurst Hedgehog Haven is Sussex’s ‘hedgehog hero’ and will be in Hassocks next month to talk all things hedgehog.

She will be visiting South Downs Nurseries from 10am – 4pm on Sunday March 24, giving advice on what we can do to help hedgehogs and improve their numbers in our local area.

In 2007, hedgehogs were made a priority conservation species in Britain under the then UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

Ann Winney with hedgehogs in her care
Ann Winney with hedgehogs in her care