South Kesteven leads the way on hedgehog checks

South Kesteven District Council is being proactive on hedgehog care - and is urging residents to follow suit in their own gardens.

Every year, many hedgehogs are killed or seriously injured by cutting and strimming machines in parks and gardens.

But now, bright yellow stickers are in place on SKDC's grounds maintenance strimmers to prompt the operators to check for the much-loved wild animals before they start work.

SKDC is supporting the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in urging domestic and commercial strimmer users to get on board with the sticker scheme to increase checks and prevent casualties.

SKDC Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, said: "Injuries caused by gardening equipment are usually horrific and often result in the hedgehog having to be put to sleep, although many are killed instantly with this kind of accident.

"We are pleased to be able to support this initiative and hopefully save a few of our prickly friends.

"We'd ask people in their own gardens at home to follow suit, too, by checking areas thoroughly before strimming or mowing."

For more information on hedgehog care, or to order stickers, please visit britishhedgehogs.org.uk

South Kesteven District Council has wild meadow areas on the edge of some of its municipal open spaces including Tattershall Drive, Market Deeping, and Jubilee Park in Deeping St James, and there are also natural areas in the Grantham parks which provide a home for wildlife.

Picture caption: Operative Charlie Smith with a labelled strimmer.

Hedgehog strimmer

For media enquiries: Email the SKDC communications team at pr@southkesteven.gov.uk or call 01476 406498 or 406440