Property upgrade for Gloucestershire hedgehogs

Hedgehogs in part of Kings Stanley will sleep in style this winter. As the spiky mammals prepare for winter hibernation, local housebuilder David Wilson Homes has given them a property upgrade by placing a brand new hogitat at its Saxon Gate development in the village.

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.

According to a survey of more than 2,600 people by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, more than half of gardeners didn’t see a hedgehog at all last year. What’s more, the People’s Trust for Endangered Species reports urban populations of hedgehogs has fallen by up to a third since 2000 and rural populations by at least a half.

In response, David Wilson Homes pledged to install homes for hedgehogs at all of its new communities and a hogitat has been placed at Saxon Gate following its launch in October.

Sales director Louise Ware said: “We can’t help but smile thinking about what the hedgehogs will think when they head into hibernation. 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!”

Grace Fraser-Brown, daughter of Saxon Gate’s site manager, Mathew Fraser-Brown,  had the honour of placing the new hogitat pride of place in the grounds of the development.

To find out more about Saxon Gate visit the development website.

Find out how to make your garden hedgehog friendly this winter with our handy nature guide.