Hedgehog highways in place at Blackmore Meadows
30 Apr 2021

The latest phase of infrastructure is now in place at Bovis Homes’ Blackmore Meadows development in Stalbridge… the hedgehog highway! Hedgehogs will be able to travel easily between gardens and wilder areas thanks to the hedgehog highway installed at the new development in time for Hedgehog Awareness Week (2nd ?" 8th May). The week-long celebration aims to raise the profile of hedgehogs and highlight the important work that’s being done to protect them. Site manager, Gary French commented: “We have installed a hedgehog highway in each garden throughout the build stage and we’re pleased to be part of this wonderful initiative. The small 13cm by 13cm holes in the fences allow hedgehogs to travel easily between gardens and wilder areas and to roam freely at night, enabling them to find enough food, mates and shelter. “It’s also a good opportunity for nature-loving residents to learn more about the wildlife in their gardens and to see how these small changes can help to support efforts to protect the hedgehog population.” As part of Hedgehog Awareness Week, Bovis Homes is running a Facebook competition alongside the British Hedgehog Preservation Society’s call for people to create their own hedgehog haven. The overall winner will receive a hedgehog house and the company will also be making a £1,000 donation to the charity on their behalf. Advice on how to make your garden hedgehog friendly: - Link your garden - Ensure there’s an easy route out of ponds and pools - Create a wild corner - Deal with netting and litter - Put out food and water - Stop using chemicals on your garden - Check before strimming - Build a logpile Fay Vass, chief executive of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society said: “Hedgehogs roam around about a mile a night, that’s a lot of gardens! Hedgehogs are in decline and have recently been added to the UK Red List as a species ‘vulnerable to extinction’. Loss and fragmentation of habitat are serious issues for them, which is why this connectivity is so important. We hope residents will soon enjoy hedgehogs visiting their gardens and would ask them to log any hedgehog sightings on the BIG Hedgehog Map at www.bighedgehogmap.org.uk ?" they could even sign up as a Hedgehog Champion for their new community at www.hedgehogstreet.org.uk ?" Hedgehog Street is a project we run with People’s Trust for Endangered Species and is currently celebrating its 10th year!” Blackmore Meadows features a beautiful collection of three and four bedroom homes on the edge of Stalbridge. Nestled in a pretty rural location off Lower Road, overlooking the countryside, the development is under a mile from the town centre with its shops, pubs, sports clubs and a school. For more details on the new homes contact the sales team on 01963 836000 or visit www.bovishomes.co.uk

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