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Council supports Hedgehog Awareness Week

News release from 03/05/2019

CAMBRIDGE City Council is pledging its support for this year’s Hedgehog Awareness Week, run by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

The awareness week, which runs from 5 to 11 May aims to highlight how residents can help the prickly creatures through habitat production and offering appropriate food.

In conjunction with local group Cambridge Hedgehogs, the council is aiming to speak to as many residents as possible about how they can make improvements to their gardens to help encourage hedgehogs, and is encouraging people to report any sightings of hedgehogs to the Big Hedgehog map at https://bighedgehogmap.org/.

The council’s Community Engagement Team will be door knocking with Streets and Open Spaces Volunteers across the city during the awareness week, and will be creating hedgehog highways in some areas as well, and helping those residents who want to create hedgehog habitats in their gardens.

To get involved in Hedgehog Awareness Week people can contact the council’s Community Engagement Team at sosvolunteers@cambridge.gov.uk.

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “The hedgehog population is in decline across the UK, and I’m very glad to see that the council is supporting this week to increase understanding of how to help hedgehogs found in people’s gardens.”

“I would encourage anyone who is passionate about wildlife and wants to help out the Cambridge hedgehog population to get involved and volunteer with us during the week.”

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