Public engagement is key in the battle for slowing the hedgehog decline, especially as hedgehogs live in close contact with humans. This sanctuary, the first of its kind, is a real step in the right direction. Hopefully, with ongoing monitoring, the sanctuary will have a beneficial impact on hedgehog numbers in the area and further sanctuaries can be created across the country.
The first large-scale hedgehog sanctuary in the UK is being opened today in Solihull, West Midlands. The 90-hectare refuge has been created by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust in response to a crashing hedgehog population. The aim is for it to be the model for hedgehog conservation across the whole of Britain.