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Hedgehog Road Signs

Posted 155 days ago | 17.06.19

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Hedgehog Road Signs

New signs with a picture of a hedgehog are to appear on UK roads to warn motorists of potential hazards caused by them and by other small wildlife. They will be placed in areas with large numbers of animals such as hedgehogs, otters, squirrels and badgers.

At the present signs focus on smaller species such as toads, or on deer and livestock.

The Department for Transport says it will help prevent accidents and reverse a decline in wildlife numbers.

Chris Grayling (Transport Secretary) called on local authorities and animal welfare groups to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the new signs should be located.

Recent estimates put the hedgehog population in England, Wales and Scotland at about one million, compared with 30 million in the 1950s.

Jill Nelson, from the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), says the signs were created after the charity and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) discussed their concerns with Mr Grayling. She commented: "We welcome this focus on road safety and protection for all small mammals.”

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