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PROTECTION FOR HEDGEHOGS

From the BBC

A group of MPs is calling for hedgehog nesting sites to get the same protections as those for bats and badgers, in an effort to boost numbers.

Former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has tabled an amendment to the Environment Bill, which he said would help “Britain’s favourite animal”.

The spiky mammals should be on developers’ “radar” when they are planning a project, he added.

A report in 2018 suggested UK hedgehog numbers had halved since 2000.

Rough estimates put the population at one million, compared with 30 million during the 1950s.

Mr Grayling’s amendment would add hedgehogs the list of protected animals under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

This would place a legal obligation on developers to search for the animals and take action to reduce the risk to them from building.

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