Looking out for hedghogs

Friday 6th May 2016

Hedgehog (c) Richard BowlerHedgehog (c) Richard Bowler

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is proud to join a growing number of organisations and businesses in supporting a hedgehog rescue centre's campaign.

Wildlife Aware symbolIn 2015 Willows Hedgehog Rescue in Bromsgrove launched a national strimmer awareness campaign, aimed at manufacturers and professional users of strimmers and brushcutters.  Today, the campaign has 137 local authorities, ten major national contractors, three equipment manufacturers and a number of other companies signed up to encourage all users of powered tools to check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before starting work.

Wendy Carter, the Trust's Communications Manager, explained “We’re proud to be supporting Willows Hedghog Rescue in their Working Together campaign and are looking forward to help spread the word about checking for wildlife before using powered tools in gardens and elsewhere.

"Our gardens, parks, nature reserves and other green spaces are really important for our wildlife; UK gardens alone cover more land than all the National Nature Reserves put together so it’s really important to check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before starting work."

Checking for wildlife

Injured hedgehog (c) Willows Hedgehog RescueSadly, Willows Hedgehog Rescue see first hand the many serious, often life threatening and sometimes fatal injuries to hedgehogs caused by the use of strimmers and brushcutters in gardens, parks and other green spaces.

All of these injuries could be avoided by simply checking the area before starting work.

Wendy added “Our staff and volunteers always check for wildlife before starting work but having stickers on our tools and in our workshop at HQ will provide that added reminder and peace of mind.

"This is something that everyone can get involved with – the simple act of checking before starting work means that we can all do our bit, wherever we are, and make a real contribution by caring for our garden wildlife.”

Visit Willows Hedgehog Rescue for more information or follow them on Twitter for more updates @WillowsHedgehog.

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