WILDLIFE lovers in Rotherham are being asked to help save the hedgehog.
Hedgehogs have been added to the red list for British mammals classed as vulnerable to extinction.
Organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), Hedgehog Awareness Week aims to highlight the problems faced by the spiky creatures and how you can help them.
BHPS chief executive Fay Vass said: “Our gardens take up such a lot of habitat, and by each making our own plot more hedgehog friendly, we can improve a huge amount of habitat for them. If you don’t have a garden yourself, you can still help by contacting public space managers, neighbours, family and friends to ensure they are doing their bit.
“We urge everyone to become a Hedgehog Champion for their area at Hedgehog Street – a project run by BHPS and our partners People’s Trust for Endangered Species. Join 88,000 Champions by signing up for free at: www.hedgehogstreet.org – you will get an email with top tips on how you can help hedgehogs each month and there’s even a Hedgehog Street app you can download from The App Store or Google Play!”
She described the news that hedgehogs had been added to the Red List for British Mammals as “vulnerable to extinction” as shocking and BHPS is petitioning the government to provide more legal protection for hedgehogs before it is too late.
Donations to the 2021 #HEDGEHOGWEEK appeal can be made at www.justgiving.com/campaign/HAW21 and more information can be found at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk