As part of Newbury Town Council’s efforts to improve biodiversity and protect wildlife in the town, it has signed up to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society’s “Hedgehog Heroes” scheme. This means that stickers are displayed on our strimming equipment to remind us to check an area for hedgehogs before using them.

We are pleased that the Town Council’s Grounds Maintenance Contractors, Continental Landscapes Ltd, have also signed up to the scheme.

The British hedgehog is an iconic animal which has seen numbers decline dramatically in recent years. Urban green spaces are a vital refuge for the hedgehog and we would encourage all gardeners and landscapers to check for animals before they start site clearance work.

Cllr Jon Gage, Chair of the Green Spaces Working Group said, “We would like to encourage Newbury residents to download the ‘Hedgehog Street App’ on their phones and record any sightings of hedgehogs in their gardens or local parks which provides vital information to help protect the future of this iconic animal”.

Further information on how to help can be found at The British Hedgehog Preservation Society’s website

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