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Hi Jan-Marie,

I expect they are targeting Michael Gove as he is the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs and oversees DEFRA.

In 2016, just after Chris Grayling had been made Transport Secretary, I wrote him a letter asking for an official Department for Transport hedgehog crossing sign to be made available. This was after our local council said that they could not provide one, because there wasn’t an official one available. I didn’t expect much and the reply that I received stated that it would not be possible, as hedgehogs did not pose a hazard to motorists. I thought that this was rather odd, as frogs and toads have their own crossing signs and I don’t recall any incidents of rampaging amphibious mobs attacking vehicles! Anyway, after public pressure, he’s actually done it; Mr Grayling has introduced an official crossing sign for our beloved hedgehogs. So in answer to your question, yes, in my book he’s the right man for the job.

I know that we are all busy and that it’s an inconvenience to write a letter, but it just goes to show that if enough of us do it, we can actually achieve something.