The Rushcliffe Borough Council has passed a motion to investigate what measures it can take to further reduce the threat of hedgehog extinction in the borough.
The topic was discussed at a meeting of the full council on July 1st.
It noted the alarming decline in the numbers of animals at the national level and considered how the agency can maintain habitats to ensure their numbers increase.
The agency is looking at where landscape management practices could change on their own land to support hedgehogs and their habitat.
It will also examine how it can encourage other Rushcliffe authorities, councils and residents to follow similar practices, advise its Streetwise ground care companies on training, and work to influence the creation of more “hedgehog highways”.
Due to the population decline, already nationally designated as a priority animal species, the planning team of the authority is also considering measures to support the animals.
Where appropriate, requests for new developments that include new fences on garden borders can now take into account access by hedgehogs.
Features such as hedgehog corridors and other extensions can now also be assessed at suitable locations.
East Leake’s independent city council, Lesley Way, has submitted the proposal to the council, which was unanimously approved and assessed in accordance with the Rushcliffe Nature Conservation Strategy.
Abby Brennan, Cabinet Portfolio Owner, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cllr. Abby Brennan said, “This is an important motion and one that will continue to allow us to focus on where we can do our part to reduce the risk of extinction.
“The environment is a priority for this council, and that means protecting habitats wherever we can, especially as our communities grow. We want to address this with residents, groups and property developers so that they can assess what further measures they can take as part of our nature conservation strategy. “
The council also follows strict procedures and puts in a professional pest control service www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/pestcontrol Compliance with all legal and industry-specific standards in order to ensure the consideration and protection of all non-target types.
The agency encourages residents to always use a reputable pest control provider to avoid undesirable consequences and to ensure that every employee is a member of one of the two professional pest control associations https://www.npta.org.uk/ and https://bpca.org.uk/
Of concern is the “do it yourself” pest control that some landowners and landowners are choosing.
Traps or poisons placed inappropriately can cause significant harm to non-target species such as hedgehogs, and the Council continues to work closely with rural police colleagues on pitfalls that could adversely affect local wildlife.
Anyone who finds a snare or trap that they believe is illegal should contact the police on 101.