New homes in Gloucester for hedgehogs

Hedgehogs in a part of Gloucester have new homes to move into when they wake up from hibernation.

A local housebuilder has given the spiky mammals a property upgrade by placing a brand new ‘hogitat’ at its Rosewood Grange development.

The move is part of the housebuilder’s drive to support local wildlife and it’s hoped the new home will provide a safe haven as research shows dwindling numbers of the tiny mammals in the UK.

New figures released this year showed the British hedgehog population has plummeted by more than half since 2000. The report, produced by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), showed there are just a million left, representing a 97% fall from the 30m estimated to have roamed in the 1950s.

In response, David Wilson Homes pledged to install homes for hedgehogs at all of its new communities and a hogitat has been placed at Rosewood Grange.

Sales director Louise Ware said: “We can’t help but smile thinking about what the hedgehogs will think when they see their new home. They’ll be upgrading from under sheds and in piles of leaves and to a brand-new home, built specially for them. They’ll think all their Christmases have come at once!

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