Council seeks help to find hedgehogs

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Why did the hedgehog cross the road? No, it’s not a joke, Calderdale Council would like to know why and where it went.

The council is asking residents to report any sightings of hedgehogs to the conservation team so they can build a picture of where they are located and estimate how many there are across Calderdale.

The survey is being conducted due to the decline of hedgehog numbers since the 1960s.

By reporting a hedgehog sighting and its location and date, it will give the council an understanding of what is affecting this and help them with conservation plans.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “Hedgehog numbers have been steadily declining, and by taking part in this survey we can understand why and how we can prevent these numbers dropping further.

“Calderdale is a wonderful place for wildlife. It’s impportant we understand the habitat of our wildlife so we can protect it.”

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