Operation Hedgehog

Portreath is first Hedgehog friendly village in Cornwall.

What is the community in Portreath doing for nature?

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Since 2000, there has been a dramatic 50% decline in hedgehog populations. This could be due to climate change, habitat fragmentation, agricultural intensification, urbanisation, and lack of suitable nesting and foraging sites.

A new scheme aims to turn Portreath village on Cornwall's north coast into a safe zone for the UK's only spiny mammal.

Operation Hedgehog was launched at Portreath Community School recently with support from Feadon Farm Wildlife Centre and Portreath Council. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage local people to create better environments for hedgehogs.

An information leaflet explaining how people can help was given to pupils at the School and delivered to all households in the village. It includes descriptions of practical activities that anyone can do, such as adding holes between garden fences so hedgehogs can get through, stopping using pesticides and leaving messy areas in gardens for nesting and foraging.

Operation Hedgehog was set up by Cornwall Biodiversity Initiative and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership to address the decline in hedgehogs in Cornwall. They are working with residents and businesses across the county to make the whole of Cornwall a healthier home for our prickly friends.

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