East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is supporting the campaign to arrest the decline in hedgehog numbers.
Recently hedgehogs have topped a vote for a national species for Britain, but their numbers have plummeted by more than half since 2000. Nocturnal and notoriously difficult to count there are perhaps just a million left, representing a 97% fall from the 1950s.
The reasons for the decline in hedgehog numbers are complex but include a rise in numbers of the hedgehog’s main predators, the badger, and changes in land use.
Sir Greg is backing the ‘Hedgehog Street’ campaign and encouraging people to visit their website www.hedgehogstreet.org to find out what they can do in their own gardens including creating ‘hedgehog highways’, removing plastic litter, making ponds safe, checking before strimming and being careful with bonfires.
Sir Greg said: “The Hedgehog is an iconic animal and one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild mammals. They now need our help. By taking just a few basic steps, we can help stop the decline of this much loved little creature”.