Project to challenge decline of hedgehogs in UK gardens

Snuffling hedgehogs visiting gardens throughout the United Kingdom are becoming less common due to declining populations ? and an event organised by Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden on Saturday 24 October hopes to challenge this worrying trend.

The event will take place at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden and will focus on the Hedgehog Street project, as part of the national Wild About Gardens Week taking place between 26 October to 1 November.

The week is a joint initiative by the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) and the Wildlife Trusts to encourage people to support local biodiversity in their gardens.

Dr Richard Gornall, director at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, explained: ?Biodiversity is essential to the proper functioning of ecosystems on our planet. Every little bit of it counts, including the hedgehogs in our gardens. A garden with hedgehogs is a garden that is working naturally, contributing to the ecological health of the area. Come along and find out what you can do to help make a difference.?

Rachel Ibbotson, education officer for Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: ?Whatever size your garden is you can help wildlife. There are around 15 million gardens in the UK which could be a huge ?nature reserve? for wildlife if we all make a bit of space for nature.

The event will take place on Saturday 24 October between 10:30am to 4pm at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Glebe Road, Oadby LE2 2LD. Admission to the event is free.

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