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Working with developers

Over the last 10 years of Hedgehog Street, we’ve worked with local and national development companies to try to ensure that new-build sites are accessible to hedgehogs. Habitat fragmentation is one of the factors contributing to hedgehog declines seen in recent years, and Hedgehog Highways can help to alleviate this issue. These small gaps in fences allow hedgehogs to access gardens, which can provide vital foraging and nesting habitat.

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Hedgehogs are legally protected under schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. This means that the animals themselves are protected to some degree but their nesting sites are not, as is the case with some other species. With an estimated 200,000 houses being built in the UK each year, and no legal imperative to mitigate for lost hedgehog habitat, our work with developers is important for reducing further habitat loss from land use change.

Below are developers and housing associations we have either worked with, or who have told us that they are installing hedgehog highways on some or all sites.

Barratt Homes (in partnership with RSPB)

Bovis Homes (part of Vistry Group)

Hill Holdings

Linden Homes (part of Vistry Group)

Karbon Homes

Kier Living

Morris Homes

PA Housing

Russell Armer

Sanctuary Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Thakeham

Urban and Civic

Yorkshire Country Properties

If you’re a developer and have been installing Hedgehog Highways, let us know via hedgehog@ptes.org.

Check out our Hedgehogs and Development guide.

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