A national housebuilder has joined forces with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and launched a trailblazing campaign to protect hedgehogs and other endangered creatures at locations across the country.

After 622,000 people signed a petiton set up by wildlife author and ecologist Hugh Warwick asking the government to change planning law to force developers to install hedgehog highways in new developments Bovis Homes decided to take the lead.

Working with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), they will create small holes at ground level in fencing and other barriers to allow access between selected gardens and wilder areas. Bovis will also build hedgehog homes in green spaces and have donated £5,000 in support of the work of the BHPS Hedgehog Street project, which aims to encourage the public to make spaces for hedgehogs in their gardens.

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